Adult education in austere times: Anintroduction

Nalita James, Ellen Boeren

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeing an Adult Learner in Austere Times
Subtitle of host publicationExploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education
EditorsEllen Boeren, Nalita James
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319972084
ISBN (Print)9783319972077
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2018


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