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Adult Education

International Perspectives From China, 1st Edition

Edited by Chris Duke


268 pages

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Originally published in 1987 and now with an updated preface, this book distils and reflects upon major issues confronting adult educators worldwide. Theories, practices and systems of adult education unify the contradictions between different traditions and phases, drawing on the distinctive perspective offered by the Chinese setting and experience of the Shanghai Adult Education Research Society on which the book is based.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theories: Major Issues and Directions 1. Adult Education: An Awkening Force Gordon Selman 2. Adult Education Theory and Development in China Yao Zhongda 3. Panel Commentary and Discussion 4. Trends and Issues for the Future 5. Adult Education and the Future: Major Issues and Directions Carman St. J. Hunter Liberal and Popular Adult Education 1. The Evolution of the Liberal Tradition Bernard Jennings 2. Popular Adult Education and Peasant Movements for Social Change Felix Cadena 3. On Social Change and People's Movement Approaches to Adult Education in Latin America Marcela Gajardo 4. Panel Commentary and Discussion Adult Education Research 1. Research in Adult Education: Major Areas of Theory and Inquiry Ana Kranjc 2. Panel Commentary and Discussion 3. Structures and Working Methods of Chinese Research into Teaching in Adult Education Wang Wenlin Part 2: Applications: Workplace Education and Technological Change 1. Adult Education and the Changing Workplace Hans Schütze 2. Characteristics and Benefits of Integrating Higher Education for Working Adults with Production Min Shufen 3. Implications of Technological Change for Adult Education Michele Jean 4. Panel Commentary and Discussion Literacy: The Moving Target 1. LIteracy: The Moving Target Carman St. J. Hunter 2. An Arab World Perspective Musare Al Rawi 3. The Relationship Between the Elimination of Illiteracy and Subsequent Continuing Education in Jilin Province Zhao Wenqing 4. Panel Commentary and Discussion Agricultural Development and Peasant Education 1. Strategies for Agricultural Development and Peasant Education Chanida Chanyapate 2. Panel Commentary and Discussion Part 3: Systems: Policies and Organisation 1. Adult Education in Industrialised Countries: Perspectives and Approaches Kjell Rubenson 2. Discussion 3. Developing a Socialist Adult Education System in China Guan Shih Xiong 4. Organisation of Adult Education in Rural Societies Anoil Bordia 5. Discussion The Training of Adult Educatiors 1. The Training of Adult Educators Arthur Stock 2. Discussion

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Adult Education

Against a background of profound wordwide social and economic change, the concept of lifelong learning has come increasingly into the public eye. As educators and policy-makers rethink the meaning of education, the purpose of schooling and the place of learning in our everyday lives, educational institutions are opening up to those traditionally deprived of the opportunity. The books in this set, originally published between 1979 and 1992 with many including global case studies reflect upon major issues confronting adult educators worldwide and

  • discuss the role of adult education in social and community action
  • examine the relationship between class and adult education
  • look at the concept of culture and the transmission of cultural values in relations to adult education
  • evaluate the role of adult education in reducing unemployment
  • case studies of adult education programmes in Afria, Asia and Latin America.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education