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    A poem points, a thesis explains: pedagogic epiphany and liminal disposition in adult education


    McCormack, David (2015) A poem points, a thesis explains: pedagogic epiphany and liminal disposition in adult education. The Adult Learner : The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, 1. pp. 75-87. ISSN 0790-8040

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    Abstract

    In this paper I reflect on epiphany moments in teaching and learning and the ways in which writing such moments can serve both to refresh and revitalise what Palmer calls the inner landscape of the educator, while also offering opportunities to enliven pedagogy. I use the notion of the liminal disposition to position such writing as an agentic act in the face of bureaucratic and other professional pressures and drifts. I also use the work of Cixous to provide a theoretical framework for writing and for its place in transformative adult learning. I then present the epiphany moment itself in story form together with an account of its impact on groups of learners and discuss its status as good practice in adult education.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Epiphany moments; Writing as inquiry; Cixous; Liminal disposition;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 6630
    Depositing User: David McCormack
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 15:13
    Journal or Publication Title: The Adult Learner : The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education
    Publisher: AONTAS
    Refereed: Yes
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