This book has two purposes: first to argue that there is a greater need now than ever before for liberal adult education for the working class. Such provision would both help to ameliorate the gross inequalities of our society and provide some counter-balance to the increasingly utilitarian and vocational orientation of post-school education. Secondly, the book aims to describe and analyse in some detail the community-based programme for various ‘disadvantaged’ working class groups that has been developed by a British Pioneer Work team concerned with adult continuing education. The methods, objectives and overall practice described in this case study are of relevance to those working in all sectors of adult and community education. This book is edited by two members of staff concerned with Pioneer Work development from the outset, and the contributors include other members of the Pioneer Work team of lecturers and researchers.
Editor’s Introduction 1 Problems of Inequality: the Nature of Adult Education in Britain - Richard Taylor 2 Responses to Unemployment - Richard Taylor and Kevin Ward 3 A Community-Based University Adult Education Project - Richard Taylor and Kevin Ward 4 Unemployed in the Community - Kevin Ward 5 Educational Initiatives with Trade Unions and the TUC Centres against Unemployment - Keith Forrester and Kevin Ward 6 Working with Women - Jean Gardiner 7 One in Four: Who Cares? Education and Older Adults - Jill Liddington 8 Reflections on Research - Lindsey Fraser 9 Adult Education and the Working Class: policies, practice and future priorities for community and education - Richard Taylor and Kevin Ward Programmed Instruction Index.
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