Feminist Theory in Adult Education

Looks at the issues and problems in female adult education.

This paper uses several studies to discuss the problem of marginalization and prejudice against women in education. The paper looks at the lack of attention paid to how women learn and how social and cultural aspects affect female education. The paper describes different theories, including the psychological approach, the structural approach, and the post-structural approach, which have been used to analyze the problems in female adult education. It points out that, often, the explanations for the problems include overlapping theories.
“The problems in female adult education draw on a wide range of Feminist theory and theorists. While the number of women entering adult education is generally increasing, the consensus seems to be that this increase does not mean a concomitant increase in the alleviation of the marginalization and prejudice against women in education. An essential point that is emphasized is that, as Flannery and Heyes state, not enough attention is being given to the understanding of how women learn and to how cultural and social aspects construct the reality of female education.”

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