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