Adult Learning and Education

Edited By

  • Kjell Rubenson

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.
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Researchers in the area of adult learning and education


Book information

  • Published: January 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-381489-0

Table of Contents


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