Adult Education transformation and social justice

Adult Education transformation and social justice

In this Special Issue (SI) there is deep recognition that the understanding of the nature of transformative learning must be contextually based and needs to address all the domains of students’ lives, not simply their learning journeys. The papers presented provide a critical spotlight to illuminate the relevance of structural inequality, which includes class, gender and ethnicity on the learners’ trajectories, exposing its continued importance in the era of individualising modernity (Beck 1994). For example, the concept of capitals and how they are accrued and valued are important in facilitating a more detailed analysis of different relations of power which can remain hidden and implicit in concepts such as ‘individualism’, ‘choice’ and ‘mobility’ (Giddens 1991; Beck 1992; Duckworth 2013; Ade-Ojo & Duckworth 2016, Duckworth & Smith 2017).

The authors of the articles in this SI bring transformative education out of the shadows and offer vivid critical spaces that cross nations, contexts and time. They give voice to the silenced, drawing us into the power of Adult Education to open up real opportunity for socially just educational experiences which challenge inequality and barriers in learners’ lives, their families and their diverse communities.

‘Life-changing things happen’: the role of residential education in the transformation of adults’ learning and lives,“My choice was not to become a tradesman, my choice was to go to uni”: Australian working-class masculinities, widening participation and lifelong learning,Adult Education, transformation and social justice,Adult Literacy Organisers in Ireland resisting neoliberalism,Breaking the Triple Lock: Further education and transformative teaching and learning ,Exploring transformative journeys through a higher education programme in a further education college ,Finding spaces for transformational learning in a neo-liberal world,Muslim Minority women in Western Thrace: Any room for transformative learning?,Supporting progression to HE: the role of colleges and vocational courses,The significance of further education for Black males,Through the wall of literacy: transformative practice in social networks among GCSE re-sit Further Education students ,Towards an inclusive digital literacy framework for digital India

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