Adult Learning and la Recherche Féminine: Reading Resilience and Hélène Cixous by E. Hoult

Adult Learning and la Recherche Féminine: Reading Resilience and Hélène Cixous

byE. Hoult

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

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In this groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Chapman Hoult shows how literary texts and literary theory can open up research into resilient adult learning. The work of Hélène Cixous, is used in energetic and engaging way both as an investigative tool and analogy for transformational learning. This highly original study, which sets out an approach that Hoult calls la recherche féminine, takes the reader on an exciting journey through myth, drama and poetry, to encounters with real resilient learners and autobiographical writing in order to understand why some adult learners are able to survive and thrive in the education system, despite disadvantages.

About The Author

Elizabeth Chapman Hoult is a National Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychosocial Studies and Programme Director: MSc in Education, Power and Social Change; PGCE(HE); Graduate Certificate in Supporting Learning and Teaching; Fundamentals of Teaching at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

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Title:Adult Learning and la Recherche Féminine: Reading Resilience and Hélène CixousFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230338836

ISBN - 13:9780230338838

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Table of Contents

PART I: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND INTRODUCTION *Introduction * PART II: ANALYSIS OF LITERARY TEXTS *Pygmalion as allegory for transformational adult learning: Ovid, Shaw and Hughes *Educating Rita and Oleanna *The Winter’s Tale *PART III: BIOGRAPHICAL DATA *Interview with Joe *Interview with Jane *Interviewwith Sarah *SECTION IV: AUTO/BIOGRAPHICAL DATA *Interview with Lilian*AutobiographicalWriting *Final thoughts

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"This is one of the most original and entertaining books I have ever read . . . It will make you think and it will make you humble. It might even make you grateful . . . I submit that it would be difficult not to think about your own learning and your learners as you read Elizabeth Chapman Hoult's words. Adult Learning and la Recherche Feminine is a rare discovery. It isn't often that a book impresses me as much as this one did, and I hereby salute the author's acuity and skill." - Journal of Pedagogic Development "Every so often a book appears that deeply challenges the reductionism of narrowly scientific, overly rationalistic, writing on education. Elizabeth Chapman Hoult's text sensitively transcends poetic and scientific ways of knowing, the philosophical and personal, the material and spiritual, self and other, in chronicling and celebrating the vulnerability, resilience and mystery that is transformative learning." - Linden West, Professor of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University"Hoult's book provides a striking account of what it means to survive and flourish as a learner. Giving interdisciplinary attention both to literary texts and to student interviews, Hoult affirms the value of working with and through creative experience. In doing so, this book provides a suggestive antidote to the dominance of impersonal 'evidence-based' educational studies." - Ben Knights, National Teaching Fellow, Emeritus Professor of English and Cultural Studies, School of Arts and Media, Teesside University"This powerful and stunningly written book marks a new direction in the use of literary perspectives in educational research. It is particularly strong in its development of an innovative methodology to explore the nature of resilience in adult learners. An inspiring read." - Vivienne Griffiths, Director of Research and Professor of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University