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Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times: Exploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages223
ISBN (Electronic)9783319972084
ISBN (Print)9783319972077
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2018


This book examines the experiences of adult learners in times of austerity. The power of adult education to transform lives is well known, and it is especially powerful for those who missed out on educational opportunities earlier in life. Those who have been successful learners in the past are more likely to continue their education and training, making extra support and funding ever-more important: however, in the current economic and political climate, support for adult learning is significantly decreasing. This book sheds light on the experiences of adult learners, despite the difficulties facing the sector: interweaving empirical discussions with theoretical debates, the editors and contributors demonstrate the challenges and struggles of adult learners in higher, further and community education. This enlightening edited collection will be of interest to all those involved in adult education as well as policy makers and funders.

    Research areas

  • Austerity, Recession, Adult education funding, Adult learners, Education policy

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