Adult education, community and learning for democracy in Scotland

James Crowther, Margaret Petrie

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Abstract / Description of output

Democracy implies the formation of social judgment on the basis of informed discussion. It requires that men and women shall decide on particular issues,not as a result of passing moods or casual opinions, but in light of a philosophy of life…Knowledge is essential; but it must be mixed with experience; and the pooling and comparison of experience in the light of new knowledge, in a group of people with common interests but bringing varied contributions from daily life…Education thus becomes the greatest corrective both of cynicism – the poison of democracy – and of narrowness of vision.(Shearman 1944 p77)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopaedia of Education
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • educational politics and policy
  • adult education purposes
  • learning for democracy
  • Scotland


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