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Adult Education and Globalisation: Past and Present

The Proceedings of the 9 th International Conference on the History of Adult Education


Barry J. Hake, Bastiaan van Gent and József Katus

This volume comprises an edited selection of papers which were originally presented at the 9 th International Conference of the History of Adult Education that was held in Leiden in September 2002. The theme of that conference and this volume addresses the key dynamics associated with the impact of globalisation upon both the historical and contemporary development of the organisation of adult learning. Following a general introduction to the key themes by the chief editor, the first section of the volume comprises a number of papers of a distinctly historical nature. The focus in this section is upon the development of organised adult learning as a major component of the European modernisation project from the Enlightenment period in the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. The second section examines contemporary developments and the emergence of new forms for the organisation of adult learning in the learning society. The emphasis here is upon those societal developments that contribute to the centrality of lifelong learning in current education and training policies. The third section comprises a number of country studies focused upon the dilemmas associated with the restructuring of national education and training policies. Issues of social inclusion and the risk of exclusion form the recurring theme of these country studies.
Contents: Barry J. Hake: Introduction: Globalisation and transformations in the past and present of adult learning – Tom Steele: Scientific societies, European popular education and the public sphere – Barry J. Hake/Folke Glastra/Petra Schedler: Workers as travellers, migrants, and refugees: Border-crossings and the construction of proletarian public spheres in Europe before the Second World War – Robert Turner: The globalisation of the tutorial class movement and adult education in Scotland, 1907-1939 – Bastiaan van Gent: Lessons in unity: Cultural education and social cohesion – Franz Pöggeler: Globalisation through the transfer of adult education between cultures: Perspectives of past and present – Elke Theile: The ‘other globalisation’: Adult education as peace work – József Katus: Civil society’s cognitive practice: The Dutch census case from a globalisation perspective – Folke J. Glastra/Petra E. Schedler/Barry J. Hake: Transitional learning in the information society – Peter Jarvis: Lifelong learning and active citizenship in a global society: An analysis of the European Union’s lifelong learning policy – Tom Vanwing/Ton Notten: Functional, participatory and expressive ambitions: The dilemmas of Europe’s lifelong learning policy – Maria Bouverne-De Bie/An Piessens: Determining the needs for adult education in the context of globalisation – Renata Čepić/Jasna Krstović: Adult literacy and globalisation: Issues and challenges in adult education – Karl Pütz: Globalisation, rationalisation and structural change: Consequences for job-markets and employment in Europe – John J.W. Aitchison: Brak!: vision, mirage and reality in the post-apartheid globalisation of South African adult education and training – Anthony Cooke: From adult education to lifelong learning: Changing policy frameworks for adult education in Scotland, 1975-2002 – Larissa Jõgi: Adult education in Estonia: Developments and trends, 1991-2002 – Éva Farkas: Transformation of vocational education and training policy in Hungary.