This book provides a comprehensive sociological overview of adult and continuing education. It draws on all branches of sociology rather than advocating one approach. It examines the theories of all the significant sociological writers in the field such as Knowles, Marx, Freire and Gramsci and sets them in the broader intellectual context. It also considers the content of the curriculum in adult education and the place of adult education in society at large. The author indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the different sociological perspectives and demonstrates how they can be used to analyse the function and purpose of adult and continuing education.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part 1 Sociological Perspectives 1 Sociological Introduction 2 Education and Social Change 3 Interpreting Adult and Continuing Education Part 2 A Sociology of Teaching and Learning Curriculum 4 The Two Educations 5 Aims, Objectives and Meeting Needs and Demands in Adult Education 6 The Content of the Curriculum 7 Teaching Methods and Learning 8 Examinations and Assessment Part 3 Adult and Continuing Education in the Context of Society 9 The Functions of Adult and Continuing Education 10 Alternative Approaches to the Education of Adults 11 Adult and Continuing Education and Social Policy Part 4 Adult and Continuing Education and Social Policy 12 The Organization of Adult and Continuing Education 13 Adult Participants in Education 14 Interaction Within the Organization 15 The Educator of Adults. Bibilography. Index.