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Routledge Library Editions: Adult Education


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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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Adult Education For a Change

Adult Education For a Change

1st Edition

Edited By Jane L. Thompson
December 18, 2020

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 ...

Adult Education and Community Action Adult Education and Popular Social Movements

Adult Education and Community Action: Adult Education and Popular Social Movements

1st Edition

By Tom Lovett, Chris Clarke, Avila Kilmurray
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1982, this book discusses the role of adult education in social and community action. In particular it presents a critical assessment of 'community education' and the theories of Illich, Freire and Gramsci and it proves that there is a radical adult education tradition in ...

Adult Education and Cultural Development

Adult Education and Cultural Development

1st Edition

By David Jones
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1988, this book examines the concept of culture and the transmission of cultural values in relations to adult education. It emphasizes the importance of perceiving culture as a social construct which is part of a specific value system and questions how cultural development ...

Adult Education and the Challenges of the 1990s

Adult Education and the Challenges of the 1990s

1st Edition

Edited By Walter Leirman, Jindra Kulich
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1987, this book focuses on the areas of labour and employment education, the environment and ecological education, peacemaking and peace education, intercultural relations and multicultural education, education in the developing world and the changing role of the university ...

Distance Teaching For Higher and Adult Education

Distance Teaching For Higher and Adult Education

1st Edition

Edited By Anthony (Tony) Kaye, Greville Rumble
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1981 this volume provides a detailed analysis of the factors - strategic, pedagogic, operational, organisational and financial -which should be taken into account in the planning and running of large-scale, centralised distance education systems at the higher education level...

Educational Responses to Adult Unemployment

Educational Responses to Adult Unemployment

1st Edition

By Barbara Senior, John Naylor
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1987, at a time of high unemployment, this book provides a critical analysis of the role played by education in solving unemployment. It examines the practical, social and psychological effects of unemployment on adults and argues that formal institutional responses are ...

The Distance Teaching Universities

The Distance Teaching Universities

1st Edition

Edited By Greville Rumble, Keith Harry
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1982 this volume provides nine case studies of particular distance teaching universities in Canada, China, Cost Rica, Germany, Israel, Pakistan, Spain, Venezuela and the UK. These universities were mainly founded in the 1970s to teach only at a distance. The book considers ...

Training Adult Educators in Western Europe

Training Adult Educators in Western Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Jarvis, Alan Chadwick
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1991 this book is a comparative study of systems of preparing adult educators in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Cyprus. The book argues for more formal preparation and ...

University Adult Education in England and the USA A Reappraisal of the Liberal Tradition

University Adult Education in England and the USA: A Reappraisal of the Liberal Tradition

1st Edition

By Richard Taylor, Kathleen Rockhill, Roger Fieldhouse
December 18, 2020

Originally published in 1985 this book is a critique and comparison of the nature, structure and provision of university adult education in England and the USA. The focus is both contemporary (twentieth century) and historical and is interdisciplinary, involving both social scientific and ...

Adult Education International Perspectives From China

Adult Education: International Perspectives From China

1st Edition

Edited By Chris Duke
August 18, 2020

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 ...

Adult Education and Socialist Pedagogy

Adult Education and Socialist Pedagogy

1st Edition

By Frank Youngman
August 18, 2020

Originally published in 1986, this book was written at a time of increasing pressure on traditional areas of secondary and higher education and changing employment patterns - a situation which still exists today. Then, as now, there is increased awareness that the continuing education of adults has...

Combatting Poverty Through Adult Education National Development Strategies

Combatting Poverty Through Adult Education: National Development Strategies

1st Edition

Edited By Chris Duke
August 18, 2020

Originally published in 1985 this book addresses important questions about the nature and meaning of development as these concern adult education in the developing world. It contributes to the development debate as well as discussiong what part adult education can play in reducing poverty and ...

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