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Inside the Lion's Paw Adult Education Lecture

Posted 3/19/13

Dr. John DirkxDr. Dirkx’s primary research interests focus on teaching and learning in higher and adult education, including education for the professions, education for work, continuing professional development for teachers in higher and adult …

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Inside the Lion's Paw Adult Education Lecture

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Inside the Lion's Paw Adult Education Lecture

Dr. John Dirkx

Dr. Dirkx’s primary research interests focus on teaching and learning in higher and adult education, including education for the professions, education for work, continuing professional development for teachers in higher and adult education, and education for academically under-prepared adults.

Within these contexts, his research has addressed the psychosocial, transformative, and spiritual dimensions of adult learning, and the role of imagination, feelings, and emotion in these aspects of adult learning. In addition, recent research has focused on teaching and learning in online environments and students’ experiences of online collaborative group work.

About the presentation: Over the last 10–15 years, aid agencies such as the World Bank and USAID, as well as educational organizations, such as the Institute of International Education (IIE), have stressed the importance of higher education in fostering international development. Implicit in this priority is the role that knowledge plays in developing countries and how it is increasingly linked to the wider economy and national competitiveness. Because of a long-standing emphasis on primary education, many developing countries face serious challenges in providing quality higher education to their citizens. For this reason, international development efforts are increasingly emphasizing the need for higher education “capacity building” in these countries. While many believe capacity-building interventions contribute to the overall development and well-being of developing countries, others argue that such practices reflect a fundamentally neo-liberal agenda or subtle forms of educational colonization.

In this presentation, Dr. Dirkx will briefly summarize his involvement in higher education capacity building in Vietnam, Pakistan, and East Africa, stressing the key frameworks and assumptions that have guided these efforts. Following the presentation, participants will be invited into a discussion and analysis of the assumptions underlying the theory and practice of “capacity building” practices in developing countries.

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