Teaching defiance: stories and strategies for activist educators : a book written in wartime

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Jossey-Bass, May 22, 2006 - Education - 305 pages
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This is a book about choice. It urges activist educators to help people break free from their pasts, take control of the present, and make deliberate, defiant choices about their futures. A true polemic, Teaching Defiance offers an exciting antidote to some of the formulaic writing in the fields of adult education, organizational learning, and human resource development.

Michael Newman--a two-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education--examines the use of rational discourse, nonrational discourse, and storytelling to bring about personal and collective change. Using a powerful blend of theoretical discussion and step-by-step accounts of practice, Newman returns to what actually happens in that magical encounter between teacher and learner. He examines the educational use of emotions such as frustration, dismay, anger, hatred, and love. He proposes ways of teaching and learning insight. He examines how educators can teach people to take effective action, and he discusses how educators and learners can work together to make that action morally justifiable. Newman argues that the educator's role is to help people resist the controls imposed on them by others. The task, the challenge, the mission of the activist educator is to teach defiance.

Written for a wide range of fields of practice, Teaching Defiance can be used by educators in community adult education, activist education, education and training within organizations, university education, and trade union and labor education. This is a book for people "who are committed to helping themselves and others live out their lives through their learning."

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Rebelliousness and Defiance

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Michael Newman is an internationally renowned consultant and author in the field of adult education. He is a two-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education, awarded by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.

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