Spirituality, Community, and Race Consciousness in Adult Higher Education: Breaking the Cycle of Racialization, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Spirituality, Community, and Race Consciousness in Adult Higher Education

Breaking the Cycle of Racialization, 1st Edition

By Timothy Paul Westbrook


158 pages

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Drawing on the lived experiences of Black students in adult degree completion programs at predominantly White, Christian institutions in the southern United States, this book presents a model for reimagining adult higher education. Westbrook explores the reasons students enrolled in degree programs, how they experience their predominantly white institutions, and how their experiences affect their lives. Employing Critical Race Theory and Christian theology as frameworks for evaluating the students’ experiences, the author sheds light on the ways African American experiences to inform, critique, and shape Christian adult learning in higher education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Critical Race Theory as a Framework For Exploring Higher Education 3. Imago Dei as a Theological Framework 4. Phenomenology as a Methodological Framework 5. Theme One: Goals for Education 6. Theme Two: Adult Learning Conditions 7. Theme Three: Support Systems 8. Theme Four: Faith 9. Theme Five: Race 10. "Breaking the Cycle" of Racialization

About the Author

Timothy Paul Westbrook is Assistant Professor of Bible and Director of the Center for Distance Education in Bible and Ministry, Harding University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects
RELIGION / Education