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Chapter Six: International Study Circles
Online learning is constrained by (among other things) technology, language, education, and wealth, but need not be limited to particular populations or geographical boundaries. With neoliberal globalization increasingly eroding the ability of nations to respond to national needs, this chapter investigates an educational response that matches the global reach of the transnational corporations.
International study circles (ISCs) embody the spirit of progressive adult education. Combining the philosophy of the Grundtvig-inspired Scandinavian folk schools with 21st-century technology, ISCs fan the dwindling embers of popular, radical adult education and shed fresh light on the practicalities associated with empowering democracy internationally. Exploring the possibilities of this version of nonaccredited, voluntary adult education has lessons of interest to more than those engaged in workers' education. ...