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Adult Education in Changing Times: Policies, Philosophies and Professionalism

Adult Education in Changing Times: Policies, Philosophies and Professionalism

Marion Bowl

February 2014
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Of importance to all educators, practitioners and academics in adult education, training and lifelong learning, Adult Education in Changing Times explores the realities of adult education practice in the current economic and political climate, set against the backdrop of the changes in philosophy, policy and practice over the past thirty years.

In addition to examining the broader international picture, the text draws on recent specific research into the careers of 62 adult educators in England and New Zealand. It presents their perspectives on how their values, work and career expectations have been affected by funding and policy pressures in an increasingly insecure environment, and how they manage and respond to the contradictions between their beliefs and the expectations placed upon them. The text draws out the implications for adult education and lifelong learning and examines how they can be used to inform future training and development, policy and practice.

This is an original, accessible and up-to-date account of practice that will advance critical discussion of professionalism in adult education internationally.

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About the author
Marion Bowl is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has over 30 years' experience developing, managing and researching adult and community education practice and policy in the U.K., West Africa and New Zealand. Her teaching ranges from informal work with adult returners, to formal lecturing and postgraduate supervision.

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Section One: Historical and political contexts for adult education; Chapter One: From adult education to lifelong learning: A changing global landscape; Chapter Two: England and New Zealand: Two national contexts for adult education; Chapter Three: Professionalism, professionalisation and continuing professional development in the adult education arena. Section Two: Adult educators' working lives researched; Chapter Four: Researching perspectives on adult education policy and practice; Chapter Five: Adult educator philosophies and values; Chapter Six: A 'non-career': Occupational identities and career trajectories; Chapter Seven: Confronting the dilemmas: Accommodation and resistance; Chapter Eight: The bigger picture: Strategy and advocacy. Conclusion: Lessons for changing times. Bibliography. Index