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Adult Learning and Education

As individuals and societies try to respond to fundamental economic and social transformation, the field of adult learning and education is rapidly getting increased attention and new topics for research on adult learning have emerged. This collection of articles from the International Encyclopedia of Education 3e offers practitioners and researchers in the area of adult learning and education a comprehensive summary of main developments in the field. The 45 articles provide insight into the historical development of the field, its conceptual controversies, domains and provision, perspectives on adult learning, instruction and program planning, outcomes, relationship to economy and society and its status as a field of scholarly study and practice.


Researchers in the area of adult learning and education

Hardbound, 326 Pages

Published: January 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-381489-0


  • Introduction

    Adult Education

    Rewriting the History of Adult Education: The Search for Narrative Structures

    Lifelong Learning

    Adult Learning, Instruction, and Program Planning

    Adult Learning

    Adult Learning: Philosophical Issues

    The Adult Development of Cognition and Learning

    Characteristics of Adult Learning

    Adult Learning and instruction: Transformative-Learning Perspectives

    Adult Learning in a Biographic Perspective

    Adult Learning, Instruction and Programme Planning: Insights from Freire

    Workplace-Learning Frameworks

    Organizational Learning

    Informal Learning: A Contested Concept

    Program Planning

    Domains provisions and participation

    Adult Basic Education - A Challenge for Vocational Based Learning

    Adult Literacy Education

    Citizenship and Immigrant Education

    Labor Education

    Popular Adult Education

    University Adult Continuing Education - the Extramural Tradition Revisited

    Community Based Adult Education

    Continuing Professional Education: Multiple Stakeholders and Agendas

    Displaced Workers, Unemployed, and VET

    Museums as Sites of Adult Learning

    Learning Cities and Regions

    The Age of Learning: Seniors’ Learning

    HIV Education for Low-Literate People: Transforming Students and Communities through Paulo Freire’s Praxis and the Pedagogy of Action

    Overview of Lifelong Learning Policies and Systems

    Financing of Adult and Lifelong Learning

    Provision of Prior Learning Assessment

    Portfolio Assessment

    Participation in Adult Learning

    Barriers to Participation in Adult Education

    Perspectives in Adult Education Research

    Trends in Workplace Learning Research

    Gender Analysis

    Class Analysis in Adult Education

    Race and Ethnicity in the Field of Adult Education

    Adult Learning, Economy, and Society

    Modernization Processes and the Changing Functions of Adult Education

    The Political Economy of Adult Education

    Adult Education and Civil Society

    Adult Education and Nation Building

    Health and Adult Learning

    Globalization and Vocational Education and Training

    NGOs and Globalization of Education

    Wider Benefits of Adult Learning

    Economic Outcomes of Adult Education and Training


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