Reflections on the Difficulty of Creating and Sustaining Communicative Forums
The last two decades have brought renewed interest in the study of communication. One segment of this renewed interest focuses on the communicative patterns in people's everyday lives. This facet of communication is particularly relevant to the dialogues that comprise much of the adult educational processes. In this paper I reflect upon the process of communication and, particularly, explore the possibility of achieving equity among diologists. I begin by expressing my own frustrated personal and professional efforts, while a graduate student in an adult education program, to effect equitable communication with colleagues. I explore the definition of communication and the challenges involved in the efforts to enhance transformational, emancipatory learning by facilitating equitable communication. Finally, I reflect upon what I have discovered in my own subsequent practice, particularly while teaching in China, where I found a venue receptive to efforts toward equitable communication.Résumé
On a pu noter, au cours des vingt dernières années, une recrudescence de l'intérêt envers l'étude de la communication, particulièrernent dans le domaine des formes communicatives du quotidien. Cet aspect de la communication revêt un intérêt particulier pour l'étude des dialogues qui sont au centre du processus éducatif de l'adulte. Dans cet article, j'offre une réflexion sur le processus de la communication, en particulier sur la question de l'équité entre les participants au dialogue. J'exprime d'abord ma frustration à cet égard en tant qu'étudiante de deuxième cycle. À partir d'éléments de définition de la communication, j'explore les défis que comporte l'atteinte d'une communication véritablement équitable dans le cadre d'un apprentissage axé sur l'émancipation et la transformation sociale. Je décris enfin ma propre expérience en Chine, où j'ai découvert une tribune favorable à la communication équitable.
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