Learning to Change?

The Role of Identity and Learning Careers in Adult Education

by Barbara Merrill (Volume editor)
©2010 Conference proceedings 252 Pages


This book highlights the issues of access, learning careers and identities in a diverse range of educational settings with diverse groups of adult students across Europe. Much of the work in this book illuminates these issues through the voices of adult students and adult educators and illustrates the rich variety of practice and context of adult education in Europe. It draws on the work of scholars from across Europe within the framework of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA). The chapters include examples and discussions of access, learning careers and identity in the context of higher and further education, the workplace, and prisons. The reader will see how structure and agency interplays and interacts in developing, or not, the learning careers and identities of adult students and adult educators. The book will appeal to researchers and educators in adult education, other professionals in associated fields and policy makers.


ISBN (Softcover)
lifelong learning organisational learning higher education biographical approaches
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 251 pp., num. graphs

Biographical notes

Barbara Merrill (Volume editor)

The Editor: Barbara Merrill is a reader in Lifelong learning in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick (UK). Her research interests are access and experiences of adult students, gender, class and adult education, learning careers and identities, citizenship and community learning and biographical methods. She co-ordinates the ESREA Access, Learning Careers and Identities Network and is a member of the ESREA Steering Committee.


Title: Learning to Change?