The rise and fall of life-wide learning for adults in England


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Author: Tuckett, Alan


This article analyses policy and practice in social and cultural education for adults in England in the post Second World War era, beginning with the flowering of municipal adult education and the expansion of university extra-mural provision. It tracks the emerging policy focus on extending participation to under-represented groups, and on securing a rich breadth of curriculum (life-wide learning), which flowered in the 1990s. It maps, and deprecates the subsequent narrowing of public investment to an increasingly utilitarian focus on qualifications for labour market participation with...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Lifelong learning; Policy; Teaching and learning; Adult and community education; Equity; Outcomes

Keywords: History; Educational policy; Educational practice; Policy analysis; Adult learning; Curriculum; Access to education and training; Relevance of education and training

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 36

Journal number: 1-2

Journal date: January-April 2017

Pages: pp. 230-249

ISSN: 0260-1370, 1464-519X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 128.695

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