Adult education in austere times: an introduction

James, N. and Boeren, E. (2019) Adult education in austere times: an introduction. In: Boeren, E. and James, N. (eds.) Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times: Exploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 1-19. ISBN 9783319972077 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-97208-4_1)

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Adult education can transform lives and is especially powerful for those individuals who missed out on educational opportunities earlier in life. Participation in adult lifelong learning activities can have social and economic benefits for individuals and society (Field in Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning. Springer, Dorderect, pp. 887–897, 2012). However opportunities to access and participate adult lifelong learning is in significant decline, and neoliberal policies, both in Britain and globally, have constrained the practice of adult education. The book will address such issues by examining the success of recent and current adult education policy and practice initiatives in an age of austerity. It will also examine the political and economic contexts that adult education operates in, how this impacts on adult learners themselves and assess the future of adult education.

Item Type:Book Sections (Introduction)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boeren, Professor Ellen
Authors: James, N., and Boeren, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:18 December 2018

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