Towards a History of Adult Education in America: The Search for a Unifying Principle, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Towards a History of Adult Education in America

The Search for a Unifying Principle, 1st Edition

By Harold W. Stubblefield


200 pages

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Originally published in 1988 this book examines the work of the first generation adult education theorists and the traditions that their work helped establish. They debated the issues, aims and content of adult education programmes and began to explore the often difficult relationship between social expectations and the potential of education. As well as providing an authoritative history during a period of rapid social change in America, the book confirms that many of the preoccupations of the early thinkers have continued relevance today.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Adult Education as Diffusion of Knowledge 1. The New School for Social Research, James Harvey Robinson and the Humanizing of Knowledge 2. The Carnegie Corporation, the American Association for Adult Education, and the Promotion of an Idea of Adult Education 3. Lyman Bryson and the Democracy of Culture Part 2: Adult Education as Liberal Education 4. Everett Dean Martin and a Grown-Up Civilization 5. Robert Hutchins, Mortimer Adler and 'Liberal Education Beyond Schooling' Through the Great Books 6. Alexander Meiklejohn and John Walker Powell on Liberal Education and the Study of Contemporary Society Part 3: Adult Education as Social Education 7. Joseph K. Hart and the Community as Educator 8. Eduard C. Lindeman and the Cultural Approach to Adult Education 9. Harry Overstreet and the Determinative Concept of Maturity 10. Toward an Adult Education Tradition

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