Learning Disabilities – Effects of violence and trauma

Adult learning and the emotional self. New directions for adult and continuing education, no. 120.
John M. Dirkx.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
»Articles in this journal issue look at the role emotion can play in the lives of teachers and adult learners. One chapter deals with learners who have experienced violence.

Dragonslippers: this is what an abusive relationship looks like.
Rosalind B. Penfold. Toronto, ON: Penguin Canada, 2005.
»Written in comic book format, this story is one woman’s experience with wife abuse.

Drawing the line: dealing with affective issues in literacy.
Jenny Horsman. Saskatoon, SK: Saskatchewan Literacy Network, 2001.
»This resource offers background information to guide tutors and instructors in drawing the line between teaching and counseling in adult literacy programs when they work with students who have experienced violence.

Learning and violence. (Website)
Jenny Horsman. 2006-
Available at www.learningandviolence.net/index.htm
»This Canadian website explores many facets of the impact of violence on learning. It includes practical suggestions for learners and practitioners, including interactive online tools for students, college-based programs, and community-based programs.

Learning in peace: a model for violence-free adult literacy programs.
Jenny Rizk. Guelph, ON: Action Read Community Literacy Centre, 2006.
»Written to accompany “Making it work: a workbook on conflict and communication for adult literacy learners”,this resource looks at ways that adult literacy programs can develop policies and procedures that deal with conflict in a proactive way.

Moving research about addressing the impacts of violence on learning into practice.
Evelyn Battell et al. Edmonton, AB: Windsound Learning Society, 2008.
»This book is a compilation of 11 Canadian research studies addressing the issue of violence and learning. It offers descriptions of literacy practices that address the impacts of violence, and encompasses differing approaches to practitioner research.

The neuroscience of adult learning. New directions for adult and continuing education, no. 110.
Sandra Johnson & Kathleen Taylor (eds.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
»This collection of articles looks at recent findings in neuroscience research and implications for adult learning. Topics include fear and learning, and role of meaning and emotion in adult learning.

New beginnings: writings by Vancouver Island women.
Kate Nonesuch. Duncan, BC: Malaspina University College, 2006.
Also available online at www.learningandviolence.net/easytoread/NewBeginnings/NewBeginnings.html
»Stories to stimulate conversation and writing about everyday life and learning.

Too scared to learn: women, violence and education.
Jenny Horsman. Toronto, ON: McGilligan Books, 1999.

Violence and learning: taking action.
Mary Norton. Calgary, AB: Literacy Alberta, 2004.
Also available online at http://www.en.copian.ca/library/research/valta/cover.htm
»Written by adult literacy educators, each chapter provides practical examples of creating safe learning environments, using the arts in learning, the writing process and other ideas for “rebuilding the spirit”.