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The Power of Critical Theory: Liberating Adult Learning and Teaching


reviewed by Veronica Gaylie 2005

coverTitle: The Power of Critical Theory: Liberating Adult Learning and Teaching
Author(s): Stephen D. Brookfield
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787956015, Pages: 414, Year: 2005
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Connections between critical theory and practice in adult education are rarely articulated in a way that makes those connections seem practical or contextually relevant.  While there is a larger body of literature in critical theory as it pertains to youth and schools, there is little writing that connects adult learning to the tradition of critical theory in practical ways. As a result, adult educators are usually left on their own to forge critical links in the classroom.  Brookfield’s text is part of a small but growing body of literature that promotes critical thought in a genre previously dominated by traditional rhetorical methods. As Brookfield puts it, the goal of the book is “…to put the critical back in critical theory…” (p. vii). The text responds to the question: Why is critical theory important to adult education? Brookfield argues for critical theory as both a philosophy and practice that can easily translate... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2484-2486
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11841, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:09:13 AM

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  • Veronica Gaylie
    University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
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    VERONICA GAYLE is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia. She recently developed the new middle school teacher education program and her research and field work involves urban education, critical pedagogy and literacy.
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