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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18112

Title: Learning and Activism: Iranian Women in Diaspora
Authors: Biazar, Bahar
Advisor: Mojab, Shahrzad
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: critical consciousness
radical adult education
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2009
Abstract: This qualitative study looks at the learning that takes place during activism. Throughout this work, learning is conceptualized as the ongoing formation of critical consciousness rather than the acuqisition of skills for the purpose of securing menial employment. Furthermore, critical consciousness is seen to develop through the nonlinear interplay of thoughts and actions. This investigation uses the life history method to explore the learning of five Iranian women throughout decades of struggle against repressive social structures. It focuses on questions of motivation for activism, formation of critical consciousness, and activism in diaspora. At the theoretical level, this study criticizes current learning theories while its educational implications place critical consciousness as the goal of radical adult education. On a practical level, this investigation records successful political study groups and suggests such groups as models for sites of radical adult education.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18112
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