Culture, Context, and Adult Education

Culture can be analyzed using perspectives in adult education such as personality, privilege, context and power. Personality may be visible or invisible. It is limited to the attributes such as age, class, culture, language, and sexual orientation etc. Personality influences on our experiences about the world. It also affects how world influences us.  For example, our position such as gender, socioeconomic status, and age influence on our world experience. Kids who born in rich families are easy access to high education and jobs in many communities in the world. Privilege means inherited power related to race, gender, education, and occupation. For example, doctors and lawyers have more privilege compared to teachers in daily activities in any community. Culture refers a set of values reflect through action in a certain community or institute.  Furthermore, culture influences the social context. Education is happened in the social context where learners have multiple agendas and conflicting interests.  For example, learners at post-secondary institutes in Canada come from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds with different kinds of job expectations. An instructor has also learning agenda to teach earn income and gain promotion. He/she also comes from different socioeconomic and cultural background. When these two groups make interactions and engage in social context leads power relations. Culture and social context play significant role in adult education in Canada. Due to changes in global economy (i.e. information age, immigration, scholarship, etc) class rooms in post-secondary institutes in Canada have become considerably multicultural. Teaching methods based on andragogy may be comfortable for learners who grow up in the western society. Foreign students who immigrate here with different socioeconomic and educational background

meet difficulties in following such learning approach. Furthermore, access to education in Countries like Canada depends on availability of funding, technology, power, and privilege. As mentioned one of my previous postings, internet has become increasingly important for not only in adult education but also in daily transaction with different commercial enterprises. As a result, people and countries have easy access to new technology have more resources to engage in adult learning compared with people who do not have access to such resources. Therefore, unequal distribution of educational opportunities and other resources lead to make teaching and learning increasing become a challenging task in the global context.


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