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Power in Practice: Adult Education and the Struggle for Knowledge and Power in Society


reviewed by Nancy Fjortoft ó 2002

coverTitle: Power in Practice: Adult Education and the Struggle for Knowledge and Power in Society
Author(s): Ronald M. Cervero and Arthur L. Wilson (Editors)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787947296, Pages: 303, Year: 2001
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Itís all about power. For over 75 years, adult education has been used by a variety of societal institutions to mold and fashion how individuals interact with each other and society. What programs are offered, where they are offered, how they are offered, who teaches them, and who can and cannot attend are all deeply meaningful decisions that profoundly affect people and their drive for a better life. Cervero and Wilson are seasoned and distinguished practitioners. They have brought together a variety of different perspectives, from academics to community activists. Together with their contributors they examine the complex relationship between the adult student and the power and politics of practice. The book has 14 separate and distinct chapters, by almost as many authors. The chapters range from descriptive studies of HIV Prevention Education programs to essays on black womenís survival in higher education. The chapters vary in focus, are well referenced and documented and, overall, present a very thought-provoking look at adult education. The book compelled me... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 888-889
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10781, Date Accessed: 5/25/2017 9:43:06 PM

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  • Nancy Fjortoft
    Midwestern University
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    Nancy Fjortoft, Ph.D., is Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University. Dr. Fjortoft has focused on adult learners in both her research and her practice. She has presented and published in the areas of adult learning in both education and pharmacy journals, national and international meetings. During the past year she presented a workshop on prior learning assessment at the International Conference on Life-long Learning in Pharmacy in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recent publications include "Survey of Prior Learning Assessment Practice in Pharmacy Education" in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. She teaches adults in the Collegeís Nontraditional PharmD. Program.
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