selected research texts

The aim of this essay is to explore the interconnections between trauma work and adult education, at a time where there is an increasing interest and research on creating traumainformed educational settings (eg. Wartenweiler, 2017; Carello & Butler, 2015; Kerka, 2002). The position of the author is that trauma can and should be seen beyond the lenses of medicine, symptomatology and victimisation. In the same way that trauma cannot be solely individual or “abnormal”, adult educators need to acknowledge its impact within learning spaces. […]

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In this essay the ways that adult education addresses mental health stigma will be examined. More specifically, theories of stigmatization will be mentioned that outline the direct link between stigma and power, as well as, the effects that this process has upon individuals and groups recovering from mental health illness. Drawing from critical approaches to adult education and the arts, it is claimed that arts, and in particular the activation of the imagination through the creative process can help address the issue of stigmatization in mental health.

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The emergence of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in 1990s brought with it concerns about equal access to those technologies and digital literacies. It was this time that the term “digital divide” first appeared in the USA to describe what was until then referred to as information inequality or information gap […]

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This study concerns the examination of the image in the context of political and advertising propaganda. More specifically, the visual material is approached through the concepts of distance and closeness, chosen as corresponding with the processes of mythification and demythification of a person or a product. In this context two aspects of the image are highlighted. On the one hand, the image as a tool, namely as a medium for the making and conveying of a message. On the other hand, the image as meaning per se, as the actual content of the message, a notion closer to religious iconography.[…]

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