Disrupting Adult and Community Education

Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery

Edited by Robert C. Mizzi, Tonette S. Rocco, and Sue Shore
Foreword by John Field

Subjects: Education, Adult/continuing Education, Social Context Of Education
Paperback : 9781438460925, 352 pages, January 2017
Hardcover : 9781438460918, 352 pages, June 2016

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Table of contents

John Field


Starting Somewhere: Troubling Perspectives of Periphery and Center in Adult and Community Education
Robert C. Mizzi, Sue Shore & Tonette S. Rocco

Rethinking Locations of Adult Education Practice

1. Lifelong Learning as Critical Action for Sexual and Gender Minorities as a Constituency of the Learner Fringe
André P. Grace

2. Youth Development in Context: Housing Instability, Homelessness, and Youth “Work”
Naomi Nichols

3. A Synergy of Understanding: Intimidation Technologies and Situated Learning in United States and Jamaican Prisons
Joshua C. Collins, Lincoln D. Pettaway, Chaundra L. Whitehead & Steve J. Rios

4. Listen Carefully, Act Thoughtfully: Exploring Sex Work as an Adult Education Context
Shannon Deer & Dominique T. Chlup

5. Using Democratic Deliberation in an Internationalization Effort in Higher Education
Hilary Landorf & Eric Feldman

Educators’ Work with “Peripheral” Spaces of Engagement

6. Beyond Death Threats, Hard Times, and Clandestine Work: Illuminating Sexual and Gender Minority Resources in a Global Context
Robert C. Mizzi, Robert Hill & Kim Vance

7. Invisible Women: Education, Employment, and Citizenship of Women with Disabilities in Bangladesh
Shuchi Karim

8. Moving Beyond Employability Risks and Redundancies: New Microenterprise and Entrepreneurial Possibilities in Chile
Carlos A. Albornoz & Tonette S. Rocco

9. Shopping at Pine Creek: Rethinking Both-Ways Education through the Context of Remote Aboriginal Australian Ranger Training
Matthew Campbell & Michael Christie

10. Vocational Teacher Education in Australia and the Problem of Racialized Hope
Sue Shore

Immigrant Experiences of Work and Learning in the New World Order

11. Unauthorized Migrant Workers: (L)Earning a Life in Canada
Susan M. Brigham

12. Shifting the Margins: Learning, Knowledge Production, and Social Action in Migrant and Immigrant Worker Organizing
Aziz Choudry

13. Making the Invisible Visible: The Politics of Recognition in Recognizing Immigrant’s International Credentials and Work Experience
Shibao Guo

14. How Welcome Are We?: Immigrants as Targets of Uncivil Behavior
Fabiana Brunetta & Thomas G. Reio, Jr.

Transnational Adult Education and Global Engagement

15. The Sputnik Moment in the Twenty-First Century: America, China, and the Workforce of the Future
Peter Kell & Marilyn Kell

16. Radical International Adult Education: A Pedagogy of Solidarity
Bob Boughton

17. From Generation to Generation: Teaching Adults to Teach about the Holocaust
Mark J. Webber with Michael Brown

18. Study Abroad Programs, International Students, and Global Citizenship: Colonial-Colonizer Relations in Global Higher Education
Korbla P. Puplampu & Lindsay Wodinski

19. Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery: Provocations for Researchers and Practitioners
Sue Shore, Robert C. Mizzi & Tonette S. Rocco

List of Contributors

Reconceptualizes local, national, and transnational adult education practices in light of neoliberalism and globalization.


Honorable Mention, 2017 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education presented by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association

This groundbreaking book critiques the boundaries of where adult education takes place through a candid examination of teaching, learning, and working practices in the social periphery. Lives in this context are diverse and made through complex practices that take place in the shadows of formal systems: on streetscapes and farms, in vehicles and homes, and through underground networks. Educators may be family members, friends, or colleagues, and the curriculum may be based on needs, interests, histories, and cultural practices. The case studies presented here analyze adult education in the lives of sex workers, LGBTQ activists, undocumented migrants, disabled workers, homeless youth, immigrants, inmates, and others. Focusing on learning at the social margins, this book challenges readers to reconceptualize local, national, and transnational adult education practices in light of neoliberalism and globalization.

Robert C. Mizzi is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Tonette S. Rocco is Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Florida International University. Her books include Transforming the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Lessons from the Classroom (coauthored with Debra M. Pane). Sue Shore is Professor in Education at Charles Darwin University in Australia and the coeditor (with Peter Kell and Michael Singh) of Adult Education @ 21st Century.


"…offers a timely and important critique of neoliberal and globalizing premises as they situate adult and community education at local, national, and transnational levels … the book provokes readers to think about ethical values, and how power is marshalled, in adult and community learning. " — Adult Education Quarterly