Remaking Communities and Adult Learning

Social and Community-based Learning, New Forms of Knowledge and Action for Change


What responses is adult education providing to the great global problems: climate change and the environment, populism and racism, gender inequality, social and economic inequality?

The ESREA Research Network between Local and Global – Adult Learning and Communities and the authors collected here argue for socially engaged community-based research which promotes critical democracy and popular education and drives powerful research methodologies: participatory research, feminist research, ecological research activism, posthumanist research, and more.

The first part of the book looks back and forwards to the contribution to adult learning and community development played by participatory research in the making and remaking of community and society. In the second part, the focus shifts to pedagogies of possibility and change, knowledge creation and the transformation of pedagogies of inclusion. The third part, on activism and change, turns its attention to the motivations for activism and their individual and collective forms of expression. The final part considers re-making and 'doing' society and community, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For researchers interested in participatory and emancipatory social research, gender and biography research, or community-university research partnerships, Remaking Communities and Adult Learning presents adult learning as a site of resistance for sustainable and creative andragogic practice.
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Introduction Remaking Communities and Adult Learning
Rob Evans, Ed.D. (2002), formerly lecturer for Academic English at the University of Magdeburg, Germany. Publications include chapters, journal articles, and edited books, including (with Ewa Kurantowicz and Emilio Lucio-Villegas) Researching and Transforming Adult Learning and Communities (Brill Sense, 2016).

Ewa Kurantowicz, Ph.D., habil., is a researcher in Adult and Community Learning and Rector of the University of Lower Silesia, Wrocław, Poland. She has published monographs, journal articles, edited books, including Researching and Transforming Adult Learning and Communities (Brill Sense, 2016).

Emilio Lucio-Villegas Ph.D., is Professor of Adult Education at the University of Seville, Spain. He has published articles, chapters and books in Spanish, English and Portuguese, including Adult Education and Communities: Approaches from a Participatory Perspective (Sense Publishers, 2015).
The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA)
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Introduction: Remaking Communities and Adult Learning
Rob Evans, Ewa Kurantowicz and Emilio Lucio-Villegas

PART 1: Popular Education Looking Back, Looking Forward

1 Adult Learning and Mainstream Education Discourse: Revisiting Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Licínio C. Lima

2 Resisting Mainstream Lifelong Learning: The Contributions of Popular Education and Participatory Research
Emilio Lucio-Villegas

3 Lifelong Education in Diverse Communities: Reading Ettore Gelpi and Leonardo Zanier on Complex Environments ‘in Transition’
Davide Zoletto

4 Is Active Citizenship a Forgotten Idea in Europe? Educational Interventions in Five European Countries
Monika Noworolnik-Mastalska

PART 2: Knowledge Democracy, New Pedagogies, Creative Inclusion

5 Co-Constructing Knowledge and Communities: Community-University Research Partnerships and Participatory Research Training
Walter Lepore, Yashvi Sharma, Budd L. Hall and Rajesh Tandon

6 Women’s and Gender Museums: Feminist Pedagogies for Illumination, Imagination, Provocation, and Collaboration
Darlene E. Clover

7 Living and Learning with Dementia: Implications for Re-Making Community Life
Jocey Quinn

PART 3: Social Learning and Activism for Change

8 Regaining Lost Community Knowledge: The Impact of Individual and Collective Biographical Work
Rozalia Ligus

9 Social Learning and Building Solidarity: Learning in the Context of a Natural Disaster
Angela Pilch Ortega

10 The ‘Pulsating Activism’ of Polish Activists: Oscillation Between the Mainstream and the Margins
Anna Bilon-Piórko

11 Learning (for) Civil Disobedience in Poland: Extinction Rebellion as a New Form of Social Movement
Marta Gontarska, Paweł Rudnicki and Piotr Zańko

PART 4: Re-Making Community

12 Changes in Community Life
Marjorie Mayo

13 LLearning to Make (and Remake) Society: Social Mediation and Mediators’ Learning Biographies
Rob Evans

14 Social Pedagogy and Community Networks: Global Coexistence in Pandemic Times
José Antonio Caride, Rita Gradaílle and Laura Varela

15 Communities and Adult Learning in the Making and Remade
Rob Evans, Ewa Kurantowicz and Emilio Lucio-Villegas

Remaking Community and Adult Learning is for all those interested in adult learning in local/global communities, the role of social pedagogy, knowledge co-creation, dialogue, participatory research, and activism for change.
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