Academic journal article Journal of Adult Education

Note from the Editors

Academic journal article Journal of Adult Education

Note from the Editors

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With this issue, we complete our 7-year term as editors of the Journal of Adult Education. During this period, the journal has undergone many changes. The biggest of these changes was the conversion to an electronic format with worldwide distribution of the contents through EBSCO, ERIC, and ProQuest. Another change, which was made possible by the electronic format, was the publication of supplements that were published under the title of the Information Series. These changes were made possible by the unwavering support for the journal of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (MPAEA) Board of Directors over the years.

Two MPAEA Board members have served during these 7 years and deserve special recognition for their contributions to the journal. Lou Workman, Secretary, has maintained the mailing list, functioned as a special liaison with the Board, and served as reviewer. Detlef Johl, Treasurer, has handled all financial matters for the journal including contacts with libraries and other subscribers. Their quiet, behind-the-scenes work has made it possible for the journal to operate smoothly.

Our primary goal as editors has been to help authors publish their ideas so that these ideas could be disseminated to the membership and the field for ongoing professional development. Without the contributions of the individual authors there would neither be ajournai nor its contribution to the knowledge base. Consequently, we owe our gratitude to the many authors who have submitted to the journal.

The articles in this issue fall into the three major categories of (a) community action, (b) foundational adult learning areas, and (c) online learning. Five articles deal with issues related to community action. Culture and Place: A Legacy Darrell Kipp Helped Create is a tribute to Darrell Kipp who died on November 21, 2013. Nationally, Darrell was a major leader in the language immersion movement; locally, Darrell was a Blackfeet elder and beloved friend to many of us. Two articles, Hopa Mountain and the Idea of Highlander: A Mission Driven by a Philosophy and Youth in Transition: Are They Adult Learners?, demonstrate how a powerful philosophy based on a learner-centered philosophy can drive a nonprofit organization dedicated to community action. The missions of both Hopa Mountain and A Pocket Full of Hope® are based upon the philosophy of Myles Horton as implemented at Highlander Folk School. StoryMakers: Hopa Mountain 's Early Literacy Program describes how an adult education organization not only can be driven by a basic philosophy but also can be based upon research-based data. Finally, LULAC: Mexican-American Adult Learning, Collectivism, and Social Movement is a historical article on the League of United Latino American Citizens that has sought to mobilize and expand the rights of Mexican-American citizens since 1929. …

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