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Marginalized Groups in Adult Continuing Education

Analyze the potential influence of marginalized groups on future trends in adult education.

Draw from both your professional experiences and research to analyze how adult education has to evolve to meet the need of marginalized groups.

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Before you begin with this essay/paper, it is first important to understand what marginalized groups are and how they relate to society.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Marginalization is: to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group.

Basically this means that marginalized groups are those who are considered inferior to others based on their education, ethnicity, race, wealth, abilities etc.

An article by George Dei and Joanna Rummens, illustrates an interesting perspective:
'"To marginalize" is an active verb; it is something that is done by someone to someone else. In the case of "marginalized" students, it is educators, teachers, along with other adults and peers, who - through their identifications, their "seeing" and "not-seeing", their social inclusion or exclusion - relegate certain individuals and social groups toward the edge of the societal boundary, away from the core of import."

Therefore, examples of these types of individuals/ groups can be:
- Immigrants or newcomers to a country who lack adequate education or skills to obtain jobs or prosper in today's competitive and fast-paced economy
- Women (to an extent)
- Visible minorities (to an extent)
- The Disabled

It would be a good idea for you to look into these groups in more detail and describe them within your introductory/ first paragraphs and then go on to answer your other points.

As shown in your assignment description, there are key things that need to be answered in your essay. I have organized my answers based on these points. Please see below for guidance on each of these points. I will refer to adult education as continuing education as well in my descriptions ...

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The solution draws from both professional experiences and research to analyze how adult education has to evolve to meet the need of marginalized groups.

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