Centering Marxist-feminist theory in adult learning – Adult Education Quarterly

ABSTRACT

Using feminist extensions of Marxist theory, this article argues that a Marxist-feminist theory of adult learning offers a significant contribution to feminist pedagogical debates concerning the nature of experience and learning. From this theoretical perspective, the individual and the social are understood to exist in a mutually determining relationship, with a social world conceptualized as active human practice. The primary theoretical task is then to rearticulate the central relations of adult learning theory (the individual, the social, and experience), which necessitates a dialectical formation of social difference and oppression. This allows for an examination of the reification of experience as a core relation of adult learning theory and a reimagining of feminist praxis.

SOURCE: Sara Carpenter, “Centering Marxist-Feminist Theory in Adult Learning”, Adult Education Quarterly February 2012 vol. 62 no. 1 19-35

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