Research Handbook on Adult Education Policy

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Research Handbook on Adult Education Policy

9781803925943 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marcella Milana, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Italy, Palle Rasmussen, Professor Emeritus of Education, Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Denmark and Margherita Bussi, Assistant Professor of Adult Education, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 594 3 Extent: c 400 pp
Bringing together an impressive array of esteemed and emerging academics, the Research Handbook on Adult Education Policy addresses how adult learning and education policies are made, and the theories and methodologies which can be mobilised to study its developments.

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Bringing together an impressive array of esteemed and emerging academics, the Research Handbook on Adult Education Policy addresses how adult learning and education policies are made, and the theories and methodologies which can be mobilised to study its developments.

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, researchers from both the Global South and North outline theoretical frameworks and methodologies for studying adult education policy, exploring long-standing issues and recent societal trends that affect its framing. This Research Handbook examines and explains supranational, international and national levels of governance and policy in adult education and considers the contributions of adult education policies to continuing societal development. Looking ahead, contributing authors make vital recommendations for future avenues of research in this continually evolving field, in particular emphasising the need to separate adult education policy from economic growth.

This Handbook is an excellent resource for researchers, academics and students in adult education, sociology and social policy and politics and public policy. Emphasising the critical importance of adult learning and education, it also benefits adult education practitioners, policymakers and adult learning advocacy organisations at the national and international level.
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‘A most welcome and original addition to the surprisingly scarce literature on adult education policy. The editors should be congratulated for assembling such a stellar collection of authors from around the world who have managed to cast new light on politics, policy and the governance of adult education. This Handbook will be an important reference and source of inspiration for both students and established scholars for many years to come.’
– Kjell Rubenson, University of British Columbia, Canada

‘This book strongly builds on theories and rigorous research on adult education policies, showing how adult education is reduced to serving labor markets under a neo-liberal paradigm. Reading it encourages us to ask whether this is a fundamentally wrong decision, wasting infrastructure that we desperately need for fighting authoritarianism and climate injustice.’
– Anke Grotlüschen, University of Hamburg, Germany
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