Originally published in 1989, this book presents a variety of perspectives on the definition of knowledge and of adult education, by leading authors and practitioners in the study of adult education in the UK and USA. This collection of different and often contradictory views makes a detailed analysis of the epistemology and practice of adult education. Three major views are reflected within the book, all of which focus upon the role of the conventional disciplines as a 'theoretical' basis for adult education curricula and professional practice.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Epistemological Imperative Barry P. Bright 2. Philosophy and Adult Education R. W. K. Paterson 3. Epistemological Vandalism: Psychology in the Study of Adult Education Barry P. Bright 4. Locating Adult Education in the Practical Robin S. Usher 5. Right fo the Wrong Reasons: A Critique of Sociology in Professional Adult Education Paul F. Armstrong 6. Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Adult Education Colin Griffin 7. The Epistemology of Adult Education int he United States and Great Britain: a Cross-Cultural Analysis Stephen D. Brookfield 8. Overview and Conclusions Barry P. Bright 9. Rejoinders and Further Comments R. W. K. Paterson, Paul F. Armstrong and Robin S. Usher