Welcome to the 2017 WRRCEA Conference

Adult Education: Roots/Routes in Activism
October 13-15, 2017

Sponsored by Adult & Higher Education, Health & Community Studies Department
Woodring College of Education  Bellingham, Washington

Adult Education has been anchored in social movements from its inception, fostering activism from Highlander to “confront the system without being destroyed, people are encouraged to push the boundaries, to be creative in solving problems…transform and rebuild society to allow for equal participation”(Kohl et al, 1998, Introduction). Through adult education marginalized peoples have discovered ways of organizing in their communities to be self determined through alternative and emergent educational models. This is what we mean by both roots and routes. This conference will explore new methodologies, paradigms and approaches to adult education research on grassroots, social movements and alternative and liberatory education that align with literacy, equity, inclusion, and justice. We welcome conference papers that raise questions, explore, and/or define or problematize the meaning(s) of activism in the adult education field, about ways to apply activism to teaching and research, and infuse activism within the academy, as well as innovative approaches to activist research in communities, including decolonizing methods, the arts, community-based and participatory based research, and inclusive evaluation. Conference proposals should contain some type of social outcome, program or theories that contribute to activist principles or innovations in adult education.
For more information, please contact  Stevona Burks, burkss@wwu.edu

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi