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Global Issues and Adult Education: Perspectives from Latin America, Southern Africa, and the United States


reviewed by John Comings May 15, 2006

coverTitle: Global Issues and Adult Education: Perspectives from Latin America, Southern Africa, and the United States
Author(s): Sharan B. Merriam, Bradley C. Courtenay, and Ronald M. Cervero (Eds.)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787978108, Pages: 520, Year: 2006
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Global Issues and Adult Education is a compendium of the insights gained by 45 adult-education scholars (ten from Latin America, ten from southern Africa, and 25 from the United States) during a seven-year process supported by the Kellogg Foundation. At a culminating conference in Austria, each scholar was asked to speak about one of five critical issues and its relationship to adult education. This book consists of summaries of what was said at the conference and short chapters that provide 38 of the scholars with an opportunity to share their insights with a larger audience. The five issues are: globalization and the market economy, marginalized populations, environment and health, community empowerment, and lifelong learning and educational systems. This book provides a unique perspective on these five issues, that of adult educators who are influenced by critical pedagogy and committed to social justice. The issues, therefore, are analyzed from a critical perspective,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 15, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12509, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 8:13:06 AM

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  • John Comings
    National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
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    JOHN COMINGS is Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL), which is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. NCSALL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education as its national research and development center focused on educational programs for adults who have low literacy and math skills, who do not speak English, or who do not have a high school diploma. Before coming to Harvard in 1996, Dr. Comings spent 12 years as Vice President of World Education, a nonprofit agency that supports adult-education projects in Asia, Africa, and the United States. Before that he worked on education and research projects in Indonesia and Nepal and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. His research and writing is concerned with the impact of adult-literacy programs and the factors that lead to that impact in the United States and in Third World countries and on factors that support student persistence in adult-education programs in the U.S. He is one of the editors of The Review of Adult Learning and Literacy and author of Building a Level Playing Field, Establishing and Evidence-based Adult Education System, and New Skills for a New Economy. Dr. Comings holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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