Dimensions of Adult Learning: Adult Education and Training in a Global Era

Dimensions of Adult Learning: Adult Education and Training in a Global Era

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By (author) Griff Foley

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  • Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335214487
  • ISBN 13: 9780335214488
  • Sales rank: 129,904

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'Griff Foley has done those of us who are interested in adult learning a favour! "Dimensions of Adult Learning" provides an up-to-date, internationally relevant and comprehensive overview of an increasingly diverse field of study! An ideal introduction to the field for teachers, researchers and policy-makers' - "Journal of Education and Work". '[The book] lives up to its ambitious name and has something to offer policy-makers and practitioners who want to take a fresh look at the expanding world of adult learning' - "Talisman".'This timely and valuable book makes an important contribution to our understanding of key recent developments in adult education and their significance. Reflecting the increasingly global nature of scholarship in the field, well-respected international contributors analyse issues facing practitioners today and consider how these can be most positively embraced to further the international cause of adult learning and social justice' - Janet Hannah, University of Nottingham. This broad introduction to adult and post-compulsory education offers an overview of the field for students, adult educators and workplace trainers. The book establishes an analytical framework to emphasise the nature of learning and agency of learners; examines the core knowledge and skills that adult educators need; discusses policy, research and history of adult education, and surveys innovations and issues in adult education and learning.It also examines adult learning in different contexts: on-line learning, problem-based learning, organisational and vocational learning. Edited by internationally known academic Griff Foley, the book features chapters from leading contributors in the UK, North America, Australia and worldwide. The contributors include: Damon Anderson, Francesca Beddie; Carmel Borg; Bob Boughton; Mike Brown; Shauna Butterwick; Tara Fenwick; Laurie Field; Keith Forrester; Vernon Galloway;Andrew Gonczi; Nancy Grudens-Schuck; Joce Jesson; Linda Leach; Peter Mayo; John McIntyre; Paul McTigue; Mike Newman; Tom Nesbit; Kjell Rubenson; Peter Rushbrook; Tom Sork; Barbara Sparks; Bruce Spencer; Peter Stephenson; Nelly Stromquist; Lucy Taksa; Mark Tennant; Shirley Walters; and Michael Welton.

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"This timely and valuable book makes an important contribution to our understanding of key recent developments in adult education and their significance. Reflecting the increasingly global nature of scholarship in the field, well-respected international contributors analyse issues facing practitioners today and consider how these can be most positively embraced to further the international cause of adult learning and social justice." - Janet Hannah, University of Nottingham."

Table of contents

Preface; Contributors; Part I: Our Approach; 1 Introduction: The state of adult education and learning Griff Foley; 2 The new professional and vocational education Andrew Gonczl; 3 The educational nature of feminist action Nelly P. Stromquist; Part II: Core Knowledge And Skills; 4 Understanding adult learners Tara Fenwick & Mark Tennant; 5 Teaching adults Tom Nesbit, Linda Leach & Griff Foley; 6 Program development in adult education and training Thomas Sork & Mike Newman; Part III: Social Context, Policy And Research; 7 Histories of adult education Bob Boughton, Lucy Taksa & Mike Welton; 8 Economics, politics and adult education Shirley Walters, Carmel Borg, Peter Mayo & Griff Foley; 9 Policy formation in adult education and training Kjell Rubenson & Francesca Beddle; 10 Research in adult education and training John McIntyre & Nancy Grudens-Schuck Part IV: Innovations And Issues; 11 On-line adult learning Bruce Spencer; 12 Rethinking 'organisational' learning Laurie Field; 13 Workplace learning Keith Forrester & Paul McTigue; 14 Vocational education and training Damon Anderson, Mike Brown & Peter Rushbrook; 15 Radical adult education and learning Joce Jesson & Mike Newman; 16 Problem-based learning Peter Stephenson & Vernon Galloway; 17 Culture, equity and learning Barbara Sparks & Shauna Butterwick; Notes; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index