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ROY DELLA SAVIA THE NEXUS OF LEARNING AND SOCIAL CHANGE.docx
(2011)
  • Roy Della Savia, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
  • Prof. Peter Sawchuk, PhD., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Abstract
In this paper the relationship and overlap of social movement theory and learning theory and their application to one organization, Amnesty International (AI), are explored. The thesis of this paper is based on the assertions of Holford (1995) and others that social movements shape knowledge and are learning and educational movements. Members of social movements learn and take action by reorganizing existing knowledge, discovering new knowledge, and disseminating knowledge to the public. Learning is not politically or culturally neutral, nor is it undertaken separately from the broader society in which it occurs. Specifically, this paper examines the  relationship between social movements, education, the political process, and culture in effecting social change; the role of the political process in enabling social movements to effect social change; the influence of education that originates from people’s own experiences on  social movements, and the extent to which social movements are learning or educational movements.
Keywords
  • Socia Movement,
  • Learning and Social Change,
  • Adult Education,
  • Political Sociology
Publication Date
Spring April 20, 2011
Comments
Learning and Social Change
Citation Information
Learning, Social Movement, Politics, Adult Education
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons CC_BY-NC International License.