Overview

For those working with adults, change has become a constant theme. Central to change has been the challenging of the boundaries surrounding the field and practices of 'adult education'. 'Learning' rather than 'education' has become the key organising concept. A greater range of settings are now recognised as sites producing learning, and alongside this has grown a debate about the purposes and forms of learning within adults participate. This has led people to question both the concept of adult learning and the ...
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Boundaries of Adult Learning

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Overview

For those working with adults, change has become a constant theme. Central to change has been the challenging of the boundaries surrounding the field and practices of 'adult education'. 'Learning' rather than 'education' has become the key organising concept. A greater range of settings are now recognised as sites producing learning, and alongside this has grown a debate about the purposes and forms of learning within adults participate. This has led people to question both the concept of adult learning and the boundaries of its provision. This book reviews and assesses the changes which are taking place. It explores the disputes surrounding adult learning, discussing how boundaries have been challenged, creating new opportunities such as APL and credit transfer, and including a significantly wider range of activities within the definition of learning. It also assesses the extent to which, despite the changes in the boundaries, inequalities in learning opportunities have continued.
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Reviews and assesses the changes taking place in adult education and learning, drawing on research and experiences primarily from North America, northern Europe, and Australia. Discusses controversies surrounding new opportunities such as APL and credit transfer and the inclusion of a wider range of activities within the definition of learning. Other topics include the search for a separate theory of adult learning, and trends in lifelong education in Sweden. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136176159
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: beyond the bounds 1
1 From technical rationality to reflection-in-action 8
2 Promoting reflection in learning: a model 32
3 Breaking the code: engaging practitioners in critical analysis of adult educational literature 57
4 Andragogy: an emerging technology for adult learning 82
5 The search for a separate theory of adult learning: does anyone really need andragogy? 99
6 On contemporary practice and research: self-directed learning to critical theory 109
7 Freire and a feminist pedagogy of difference 128
8 The British adult education tradition: a re-examination 152
9 Concepts, organization and current trends of lifelong education in Sweden 169
10 The second chance: the vital myth of equal opportunities in adult education 183
11 Learning and 'leisure' 196
12 Part-time: whose time? Women's lives and adult learning 211
13 Learner autonomy in a changing world 232
14 Professions and competencies 246
15 Personal skills and transfer: meanings, agendas and possibilities 261
16 Policy continuity and progress in the reform of post-compulsory and higher education 276
Index 295
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