Paradoxes of Learning
On Becoming An Individual in Society
By Peter Jarvis
Routledge – 2012 – 276 pages
As more is discovered about the powerful impact of lifelong learning on adults, educators are changing their views about how, when and where we learn. Learning is no longer defined only in the context of formal educational settings but in social context as well – including families, the workplace, and religious and political groups. This book explores how learning is our lifetime quest to understand personal identity, purpose and meaning while conforming and adapting to the perceived and real confines of our paradoxical society.
The author examines the complex social experience of learning, revealing how culture, gender, race and other societal factors shape an individual’s identity and ability to function in relationships – the basis of all learning. He also discusses the difficult paradox of cultivating creative thinking and reflective action in a society that values the acquisition of degrees, certificates and titles over actual learning and growth.
Preface. Part 1 The Development of the Social Self. 1 The Nature of Human Learning. 2 The Paradox of Living and Learning in Society. 3 Being and the Birth of the Self. 4 Understanding Conscious Action. 5 Learning and Action. 6 Interests and Learning. Part 2: Personal Growth Through Lifelong Learning. 7 Being a Person. 8 Authenticity, Autonomy and Self-Directed Learning. 9 Being and Having. 10 Meaning and Truth. 11 Learning, Personhood and the Workplace. 12 Aging and Wisdom. 13 Learning and Change. 14 The Political Dimension of Learning. 15 Implications for Teaching and Education. References. Index.