Learning through ICTS in the environmental justice movement: case studies from Scotland



Crowther, J and Hemmi, A and Martin, I and Scandrett, Eurig (2008) Learning through ICTS in the environmental justice movement: case studies from Scotland. In: SCUTREA 2008 38th Annual Conference: Whither Adult Education in the Learning Paradigm?, 2nd - 4th July 2008, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Historically, social purpose adult education was linked with progressive struggles for social justice, equality and democracy, and its contribution waxed and waned depending on the vibrancy and demands of wider social forces in society. However, these forces have altered considerably over the past century. This is not the only important difference in today’s context. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are having an impact on the nature of social and political conflicts by creating new sites of struggle and new means of participation in social action. They also have a potential impact on the process of individual and social learning in movement activities. If social purpose adult education is to reassert itself as a resource for progressive social movements, it will have to reconnect with these struggles and adopt new ways of allying itself to their cause. In this paper we draw upon ongoing research into the environmental justice movement in Scotland, which focuses on the contribution of ICTs to learning and participation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The data for this article derives from research funded by an ESRC grant: award number RES-000-22-2301.
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 09:43
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:55
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/567

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