Originally published in 1980 this book examines why adult education historically failed to attract working class students and whether experiences in Northern Ireland, the USA and Italy have any lessons to teach. Drawing together authors committed to adult education, the essays give fresh theoretical perspectives and explore developments of the post-War period, asking if they are designed to remedy educational wrongs or help perpetuate them.
Table of Contents
Introduction Jane L. Thompson 1. Adult Education and the Sociology of Education: An Exploration Sallie Westwood 2. Adult Education: An Ideology of Individualism Nell Keddie 3. The Theory of Community Education and Its Relation to Adult Education Colin Fletcher 4. Adult Education and the Disadvantaged Jane L. Thompson 5. Independence and Incorporation: The Labour College Movement and the Workers' Educational Association Before the Second World War Geoff Brown Part 2: Selected Studies 6. Reform and Reaction - The Workers Educational Association post-Russell Mel Doyle 7. Writers' Workshops and Working-Class Culture David Evans 8. Adult Education and Community Action Tom Lovett 9. Second Chance to Learn, Liverpool: Class and Adult Education Martin Yarnit 10. 150 Hours: Italy's Experiment in Mass Working-Class Adult Education Martin Yarnit 11. Adult Education For a Change Jane L. Thompson