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StFX authors receive international publishing award

January 13th, 2017
L-r, Dr. Leona English and Catherine Irving

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education has recognized two StFX colleagues for their outstanding scholarship.

Dr. Leona English, professor of adult education, and Catherine Irving, library co-ordinator at Coady Institute’s Marie Michael Library, have received the prestigious Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. Their book ‘Feminism in community: Adult education for transformation,’ draws on their decade’s worth of collective research into how women face the challenges of leading, learning and participating in communities in Canada and around the world.

“It’s been an honour to receive this award and to bring more attention to feminist learning and pedagogy,” says Dr. English. “The achievements of women in adult education and in the community have often been overlooked. We saw a clearly-defined need to examine how feminists have negotiated identity and learning in international contexts.”

“We thought it was very important to explore relevant issues around the social determinants of health, spirituality, research and policy,” adds Ms. Irving. “We were able to draw on many examples of feminist pedagogy as seen through the arts, Internet platforms and community engagement.”

There has been high praise since the book’s publication:

A rich volume on feminist education and learning...” – Angela Miles, University of Toronto.

Pivotal, internationally-focused compilation on feminist adult education and learning...” – Darlene Clover, University of Victoria.

This book is unique in reminding us that if we forget our social justice roots then progress is undermined. This is one of those rare and exciting books that really helps its readers to think differently...” – Lyn Tett, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Feminism in community: Adult education for transformation’ is available at the Angus L. Macdonald and Marie Michael libraries on campus. It is also available online from Sense Publishers, which offers a free preview and ordering details.

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