Exploring Spirituality and Culture in Adult and Higher Education
February 2003, Jossey-Bass
"...this book makes an important contribution to a new and growing body of knowledge." (Journal of College Student Development, December 2003)
"A Professor of Adult Education describes How Spirituality Can Be a Valuable Teaching Tool" (By Dana Sobyra in The Chronicle of Higher Education)
"The work is an easy read, not overly laden with references but enough to give it authority." (TCRecord.org, 10/8/03)"All teachers of adult and higher education should have a copy of this book. It is a beautifully written meditative and practical guide exploring the connection between culture and spirituality in teaching that points us towards a transforming experience for both teacher and student."
David T. Abalos, professor of religious studies and sociology, Seton Hall University
"Through a compelling blend of vivid biographical vignettes and
informed theoretical analysis, Elizabeth Tisdell explores how
spirituality fires adult and higher educators' efforts to create
culturally relevant practices. This will be a landmark text in our
efforts to understand spirituality's intersections with
Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished Professor, University of St. Thomas
"This book takes on a crucial topic at just the right time.
Adult and higher education is ready for a revival of engagement
with spirituality, and, along with this, the author manages to
weave in three other thick skeins of thought: development,
transformative learning, and cultural work. This book takes the
hugely important step of seeking the deep truth in the
interrelatedness of these skeins, and it moves the discourse ahead
in concrete ways."
Laurent A. Daloz, author, Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners
"This book provides a valuable contribution to the literature on
teaching in adult education and higher education. It is a
pioneering work in the sense it is creating a direct link between
spirituality, culture, and learning in adult and higher education.
While there have been other attempts at addressing these issues,
this is the first book, of which I am aware, that links all three
Talmadge Guy, associate professor, School of Leadership and Lifelong Learning, University of Georgia
"This book reveals how spirituality exists as a powerful force
that shapes and impacts learners and their learning experiences. It
bravely treads where few have traveled by daring to discuss
spirituality, culture, and education in the same breath."
Juanita Johnson-Bailey, associate professor, department of Adult Education and the Women's Studies Program, The University of Georgia
"Tisdell has a unique perspective that is very much needed. Her
awareness that one's spiritual perspective is based on one's
idiosyncratic history which involves age, gender, experience,
preferences, and culture is immensely wise."
Jane Vella, author, Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach