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Re-Inventing The Saskatchewan Action Research Network (SARN) & Allan’s Farewell

Last June we heard from the Ministry of the Economy that, due to budgetary restraints, SARN would not be funded this year; nor could the Ministry make any promises for future funding for SARN.  While I don’t think any of … Continue reading

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Jane Addams & Hull House

Jane Addams & Hull House: A Landmark in Citizenship & English as an Additional Language Education Unlike the heroes seen earlier with the Bristol Schools; the Port Royal Experiment and the Moonlight Schools of Kentucky, Jane Addams and Hull House are … Continue reading

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The Little General & the Moonlight Schools of Kentucky

 The Little General & the Moonlight Schools of Kentucky In 1992 I was invited to give a keynote speech at the annual meeting of Adult Literacy & Basic Educators in Lexington, Kentucky. I asked the organizers if they had ever … Continue reading

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Literacy Under Slavery: “To Taste the Forbidden Fruit”

Last month we learned about our humble beginnings. We saw how the first documented adult school–the Bristol Adult School–became established in Bristol, England in 1812. We were also introduced to William Smith: “A poor, humble, and almost unlettered individual,” who … Continue reading

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Adult Literacy Education: Where Did We Come From?

Adult Literacy: Where Did We Come From? Back in the 1970’s, the (then) president of Frontier College made the optimistic remark: “Adult literacy is society’s most fixable issue.” It all sounded so easy. So doable back then. However, a review … Continue reading

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Crystal’s story: “I hope that others will follow”

Crystal’s story is an important one in this series on transformative learning and adult literacy. Hers is the only one in the series involving home schooling. And, as she explains, her story develops out of a strongly religious upbringing. Nevertheless, here again is … Continue reading

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Lynn’s Story: “Don’t ever give up on dreaming about a better and brighter future”

During this academic year, we have been exploring the topic of transformative learning. This topic was suggested in a readers’ survey conducted last year and, since SARN’s mission is to explore research that can help our field, this seemed a … Continue reading

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“Story is Medicine”: New Brunswick Instructor Brenda Wright tells her Story

Turning the Page: Transformative Learning in the Classroom This month’s installment is from guest blogger Brenda Wright. Brenda completed her Master’s in Adult Education in 2009 at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, and also completed a Masters in Education … Continue reading

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Billy’s Story: Transformative Learning and ”How I Came To Basic Education”

HI and welcome to the first in a new series of blog instalments. The theme for this year is Transformative Learning and its implications for literacy and adult basic education. Check out our October instalment by Dr. Patricia Cranton to read … Continue reading

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LESSONS LEARNED: SARN in 2014-2015

BUILDING PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE:  SARN LOOKS BACK ON 2014-2015…. “WHAT  DID WE DO & WHAT DID WE LEARN?”       ————————————————————————— “Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.”   — Kurt Lewin (1946)                                               OUR BUSIEST YEAR EVER…    June is year-end for our … Continue reading

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