Further educations: Transformative teaching and learning for adults in times of austerity

Vicky Duckworth*, Rob Smith

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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.
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 pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783319972084
ISBN (Print)9783319972077
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2018


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