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From a Global Perspective to a Local Understanding: Student Experiences in Adult, Higher, and Community Education

Contributed by: Ruby Cain
Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2014 8:30 PM
Join us as we embark on an academic exploration:
From a Global Perspective to a Local Understanding: Student Experiences in Adult, Higher, and Community Education
The Adult, Higher, and Community Education Program (AHCE) in the Department of Educational Studies welcomes visiting scholars from Ireland in May 2014.

We are honored to have Dr. Brid Connolly and Dr. Fergal Finnigan visiting from the Adult and Community Education program at the National University of Ireland – Maynooth (north of Dublin). We invite you to join us in celebrating this international exchange at 3 events (see descriptions below):

Tuesday, May 27, 7-9 PM
Learning by Listening to Students’ Voices: Lessons from and Irish Context
BSU and Muncie Community Presentation - Student Center Cardinal Hall B. Event is Free.

Tuesday, May 27, 4-5:30 PM
What Makes a Radical Educator?
Reception with students - Teachers College, room 1008. Event is Free.

Friday, May 30, 5-8 PM
Come for the Learning, Stay for the Craic: Irish Tales of Adult, Higher, and Community Education
Reception 5-6 PM, and Dinner/Presentation 6-8 PM - Alumni Center at BSU in Muncie.
$45 alumni and friends and $25 per student. All proceeds will go toward scholarships through the Dr. James McElhinney Scholarship Fund within the BSU Foundation.
RSVP to mdudka@bsu.edu by May 10, 2014

Biographical Information
Bríd Connolly began working in adult and community education in 1985, as a women’s studies tutor, based on her degree in philosophy and the newly emerging multi-disciplinary field brought about by the feminist movement. She developed her interest in feminist pedagogy and critical group work as a result of this work, which she brought to work with people with disabilities and community development and education, both in local communities in the hinterland and within National University of Ireland - Maynooth. Her research interests are centered on critical pedagogy and the part it plays in praxis.

Fergal Finnegan is a lecturer at the Department of Adult and Community Education in the National University of Ireland - Maynooth. He has been working in adult and community education for fifteen years in a wide range of settings. His research interests include critical pedagogy, popular education, social class and non-traditional students experience in higher education. He is one of the editors of the recently published book, Student Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education.

Detailed Descriptions of the Presentations

Tuesday, May 27, 7-9 PM
Learning by Listening to Students’ Voices: Lessons from and Irish Context
BSU and Muncie Community Presentation
Student Center Cardinal Hall B. Event is Free.

Most of our work with adult students in Higher and Further education in Ireland is centered on working with people who are quite often silenced due to their background, educational disadvantage, invisible disability, or for many other reasons. We see our role as providing the environment for them to speak about their lives and the difficulties they encounter as part of everyday living. In facilitating this, we are privileged to hear people’s stories, and to listen to them open-heartedly and with respect. This session will draw on a range of research projects exploring the learners’ experiences. It will outline how they view and value education and some of the pedagogical, social and political significance of their accounts.

Tuesday, May 27, 4-5:30 PM
What Makes a Radical Educator?
Reception with students interested in Adult, Higher, and Community Education
Teachers College, room 1008. Event is Free.

This session will draw on our research on the formative development of radical educators. It will look at the life stories of radical educators, in community, adult and higher education, and the influence of their experience on their approach to education, to the development of their guiding principles and to their emancipatory reflective practice.

Friday, May 30, 5-8 PM
Come for the Learning, Stay for the Craic: Irish Tales of Adult, Higher, and Community Education
Celebratory Reception 5-6 PM, and
Dinner/Presentation 6-8 PM with alumni, friends, and students,
Alumni Center at BSU in Muncie.

$45 alumni and friends and $25 per student
RSVP to mdudka@bsu.edu. All proceeds will go toward scholarships through the Dr. James McElhinney Scholarship Fund within the BSU Foundation.

This session will draw on a reflection of the work of the Department as the only academic Adult and Community department in the Republic of Ireland. We will look at research undertaken in the department by our students and ourselves, which provides a wide perspective on the world of adult learners in Ireland.
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