Adult Education : A Social Movement

2124 WordsNov 23, 20149 Pages
Adult education can be associated with or defined as a social movement because interactions within the movement collectively represent “organized activities that encourages social change” (Lange, Spencer, 2014, p. 13). Walter (2007) notes that adult education programming “brings individuals together in a common cause…strengthening social networks, common identity, and commitment to action in the process” (p. 250). Old (i.e. traditional) social movements such as organized labour or trade unions were long considered to be change agents, as they “engaged in a variety of educational activities” and were the “single most important provider of non-vocational social purpose adult education for working people” (Spencer, 1995, p. 32); however, the emergence of new social movements (NSM) in the post-industrial economy has focused attention on how such activities act as learning sites for adult education. This research examines how the Women’s Informal Network (WIN) organized in Citrix Systems, a U.S. based multinational software company, can be viewed as an NSM for adult education within the latter organization. This study looks at the development of WIN, the issues that are most important to WIN, and the values that motivate WIN to act. The study also investigates both what and how adults in the WIN organization are learning as they participate in the group’s activities. The WIN Organization A group of professional women in Citrix’s Santa Clara, California office launched the
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