This book opens with a survey of the historical evolution of adult education in the UK and leads on to the study of the structure of adult learning. It discusses distance teaching opportunities such as the Open University and the National Extension College, and face-to-face teaching provision in adult education centres. It also looks at specific programmes such as the Adult Literacy Initiative in the mid-1970s, and at target groups like the adult unemployed, women and ethnic groups. Comprehensive and yet broad-ranging, this volume contains much new material that offers interesting insights into both present and future opportunities for adult education.

part 1|52 pages


part 2|60 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

The Organisation of Education for Adults in England and Wales

ByArthur Stock

chapter 2|12 pages

The Education of Adults in Scotland

ByJohn Horobin

chapter 3|9 pages

Education for Adults in Northern Ireland

ByGordon Macintyre

chapter 4|21 pages

Post-Initial Education in The North West of England: Models of Provision, Barriers to Provision

ByKeith Percy, Stephen Butters, John Powell, Irene Willett

part 3|58 pages

Programmes and Target Groups

chapter 1|15 pages

The Adult Literacy Initiative, 1974–1979, United Kingdom

ByArthur Jones, Alan Charnley

chapter 2|15 pages

Educational Initiatives for the Adult Unemployed

ByIan Bryant

chapter 3|14 pages

Women and Adult Education

ByJane Thompson

chapter 4|12 pages

Race Relations and the Traditions of Adult Education

ByJohn McIlroy

part 4|52 pages

Distance Education

chapter 1|15 pages

The Open University Community Education Programme

ByJudith Calder

chapter 2|15 pages

The National Extension College

ByRichard Freeman

chapter 3|20 pages

Television Literacy and Adult Education

ByLen Masterman

part 5|49 pages

Face-To-Face Education

chapter 1|18 pages

A Local Centre for the Education of Adults

ByNick Small, Malcolm Tight

chapter 2|12 pages

Non-Formal Work: A New Kind of Provision

ByPaul Fordham, Geoff Poulton, Lawrence Randle

chapter 3|17 pages

Educational Guidance for Adults

ByLinda Butler

part 6|40 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Priorities for Action

chapter 2|9 pages

Education for the Post-Industrial Society

ByRitchie Calder

chapter 3|13 pages

The Future of Adult Education Worldwide

ByJohn Lowe