Sisters of the Earth: Identity and the Subject in Adult Learning

Year: 1992

Author: Bell, Martha

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Research on theories of experience and on leadership for experiential learning in the outdoors presumes an independent individual, as participant or leader, who acquires and masters a body of knowledge outside of themselves. Adult women contest the discursive practice of decontextualizing their already taken for granted autonomy by centring themselves as subjects of their own experience on a week long canoe trip in Northern Ontario. They find new places in which to locate themselves through "discovering" their bodies and the land as sources of their knowledge. I explore my own location as leader, constructed as super-bodied expert, possessing all knowledge.