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Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times

Exploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education

Editors: BOEREN, Ellen, James, Nalita (Eds.)

  • Emphasises the continued impact of adult education on the lives of individuals
  • Highlights the importance of support within adult education for those who have previously rejected formal learning contexts
  • Questions the current reductions in funding for the sector across Europe in the climate of austerity
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Ellen Boeren is Reader in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK. A prize-winning author and researcher, she is also co-editor of UNESCO’s Fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education, and is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 project Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe.

Nalita James is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research interests centre in the sociology of education, encompassing access to higher education, the changing patterns of education, and adult education and lifelong learning.

Reviews

“This book makes a valuable contribution to the body of literature on adult learning, the historical and political context of adult education provision, and the potential for transformation in the face of adversity and austerity. Policy makers, academics and community practitioners alike would benefit from reading this interesting and thought-provoking collection.” (Louise Sheridan, International Journal of Lifelong Education, May 23, 2019)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Adult Education in Austere Times: An Introduction

    Pages 1-19

    James, Nalita (et al.)

  • Being an Adult Learner in Europe and the UK: Persisting Inequalities and the Role of the Welfare State

    Pages 21-45

    Boeren, Ellen

  • The Message or the Bottle? Community, Associationism and Adult Learning as “Part of the Process of Social Change”

    Pages 47-70

    Clancy, Sharon

  • Keeping Going in Austere Times: The Declining Spaces for Adult Widening Participation in Higher Education in England

    Pages 71-95

    Fraser, Lindsey (et al.)

  • Mature Students and Social Isolation: Being Excluded or Choosing to Be Alone?

    Pages 97-122

    Sutton, Charlie E.

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eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97208-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 114,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97207-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Being an Adult Learner in Austere Times
Book Subtitle
Exploring the Contexts of Higher, Further and Community Education
Editors
  • Ellen BOEREN
  • Nalita James
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97208-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97208-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97207-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 218
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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