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 historical modes of enquiry and analysis. A central concern of the book is the liberal tradition as it has operated in its different ways and the erosion of this tradition and its consequences for the contemporary structure of university adult education form a large part of the book's discussion.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Liberal Tradition in Adult Education 3. The Problems of Objectivity, Social Purpose and Ideological Commitment in English University Adult Education 4. The Ideological Determinants of University Adult Education England 5. Radical Developments in University Adult Education in England: Redefining the Liberal Tradition 6. The Liberal Perspective and the symbolic Legitimation of University Adult Education in the USA 7. Ideological Solidification of Liberalism in University Adult Education: Confrontation over Workers' Education in the USA 8. The Future of University Adult Education