1st Edition

Power, Politics, and Adult Educational Administration The Case of a Liberal Arts Institution

By John Kokolus Copyright 2019
    106 Pages
    by Routledge

    106 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book seeks to draw out the impacts of power, politics, and critical theory on the growth of adult learning in a small liberal arts college setting. Using critical theory as an analytical tool to investigate questions around budgeting, academic quality, and student access, this volume shows how these issues are inextricably bound up with those of hegemony, ideology, and bureaucratic rationality. The author demonstrates, too, how acknowledging these influences at the outset leads to a sustainable and equitable adult learning environment. Through an emphasis on both organizational context and individual learning experiences, this volume contributes new substance to the understanding of politics and power relationships in educational leadership.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Continuing Education Timeline at Elizabethtown College: 1899-2014

    Part One: Beginnings

    Chapter 3: Partnerships in Adult Education and the Impact of Critical Theory

    Chapter 4: Critical Theory’s Structural Democratic Impulse

    Chapter 5: Challenges to the Status Quo

    Part Two: Accreditation and the Continuing Education Plan

    Chapter 6: Self-Studies: 1998 and 2009

    Chapter 7: New Plan for Continuing Education – Part I

    Part Three: Faculty

    Chapter 8: New Plan for Continuing Education – Part II

    Chapter 9: New Plan for Continuing Education – Part III

    Part Four: Locations

    Chapter 10: New Plan for Continuing Education – Part IV

    Part Five: Class Conflict

    Chapter 11: Conflicts Between Adult and Traditional Students

    Part Six: Staff

    Chapter 12: Stresses and Strains of Critical Theory on the Front Line

    Part Seven: The Rhetoric of Academic Quality

    Chapter 13: Faculty Assessment Process as a Gateway for Affiliated Faculty




    John Kokolus is the Founding Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Elizabethtown College, USA.