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Tectonic Boundaries: Negotiating Convergent Forces in Adult Education: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 149

Tectonic Boundaries: Negotiating Convergent Forces in Adult Education: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Number 149

Carmela R. Nanton

ISBN: 978-1-119-24816-3 February 2016 Jossey-Bass 112 Pages




Much like how tectonic plates interact, this volume explores the convergent, divergent, and transforming interaction of multiple forces pressing against adult contemporary education. Presenting multiple perspectives and environments, topics covered include:
  • possibilities and requirements for change that will be needed in curriculum, philosophy, programs and practice,
  • strategies for negotiating the interactive boundaries of a dynamic, complex, fluid global environment, and
  • case studies and examples from theory, pedagogy, technology, healthcare, workplace, society, and policies.

This is the 149th volume of the Jossey Bass series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. Noted for its depth of coverage, it explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.

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