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Unsettling the learning community : from dialogue to difference.

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  • Beth Humphries
  • Marion Martin
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2000
<mark>Journal</mark>Community, Work and Family
Issue number3
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)279-295
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The focus of this article is adult learning theory and the concept of 'communities of learning'. Drawing on the authors' experiences as educators, it offers a critique of liberal-humanist and critical ideas about pedagogy, and draws on feminist poststructuralism to disrupt notions of 'dialogue', 'community'and 'difference'. The aim is to interrupt critical pedagogies through recognition of partial knowledges, exclusionary practices, and differences and similarities within learning communities. The article argues the need for an understanding which acknowledges both the universal and the particular, and engages with the discursive and the material realities entailed.