Dialogue education at work: a case book

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Jossey-Bass, 2004 - Education - 339 pages
In her landmark book Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach, celebrated adult educator Jane Vella outlined twelve principles of Dialogue Education, an approach to learning as a holistic, integrated, spiritual, and energetic process. Since the book was first published, her learning principles have been used in a wide variety of adult learning settings, in different countries and with different educational purposes, clearly demonstrating that these principles can be used successfully with any type of adult learner, anywhere.

Dialogue Education at Work is the companion book to Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach. This is the first book to show how educators worldwide have used Vella's methods to transform their classrooms and organizations into vital places of learning. Written for adult educators, staff developers, leaders of community service organizations, volunteer coordinators, and vocational trainers, Dialogue Education at Work is filled with illustrative case studies from a broad range of organizations that show how to put Vella's principles into action. Some of the book's diverse institutions, agencies, and organizations include:

  • School of Public Health, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Canadian Council of Churches
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • New Orleans Job Initiative
  • Mountain Micro Enterprise Fund
  • Literacy Volunteers of America
  • Freedom from Hunger
  • Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Center for Learning and Transformation, Haiti
  • California Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

These case studies clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of Vella's approach to adult learning and offer educators the inspiration and information they need to create their own dynamic learning experiences.

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About the author (2004)

Jane Vella is adjunct professor at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1981, she founded the Jubilee Popular Education Center in Raleigh, which is now Global Learning Partners. Vella has designed and led community education and staff development programs in more than forty countries around the world. She is the author or coauthor of Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach; Training Through Dialogue; How Do They Know They Know?; and Taking Learning to Task, all from Jossey-Bass.

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