Remaking Adult Learning
Essays on Adult Education in Honour of Alan Tuckett
Remaking Adult Learning provides an exciting and innovative addition to the literature on adult learning. Charting challenges and successes in the sector, it illustrates how taking part in well thought-out programs can have a positive and sometimes life-saving impact on people’s lives.
While grounded in adult learning practice, the book draws upon local, national and global perspectives, contemporary research and incisive analysis to focus on themes including:
• Participation and equality
• The role of adult learning in social movements
• Adults learning and teaching in different contexts
• Adult learning and policy
• The value of learning for its own sake.
Remaking Adult Learning asks the question: “What is to be done about the education of adults?” Worldwide adult learning remains seriously under-resourced as a public good even though its importance to health, citizenship, economic and social well-being and sustainable development is well-evidenced. Faced with the challenges of poverty, climate change and economic crises, the world has never needed adult learning more.
Specific chapters address issues such as adult learning provision in an ageing society, learning organizations, literacy and numeracy, family learning, participation and achievement, among others.
The volume includes an interview with Alan Tuckett, OBE. The book is written in tribute to him and his lifelong commitment to adult learning which has led to initiatives such as adult learners’ week and learning festivals. It explores how he has inspired and influenced those involved in the adult learning sector, from grassroots to both national and international policy contexts.
Remaking Adult Learning is essential reading for all those involved in the adult learning sector, including practitioners, policy-makers, academics and researchers.
List of contributors
Introduction: ‘What is to be done about the education of adults?’--Ursula Howard
Section 1: Participation and equality: Does adult learning make any difference?
1) What kind of advocacy is most effective to bring about changes in national or regional adult learning policies? Ask Alan Tuckett—Paul Belanger
2) Adult participation in learning: The NIACE surveys—Fiona Aldridge
3) Participation and achievement in education: Is gender still an issue?—Veronica McGivney
4) Participation, life history and perceived changes in basic skills—Stephen Reder
5) Learning in an ageing society—Stephen McNair
6) Lifelong learning, the life-course and longitudinal study: Building the evidence base—John Bynner
Section 2: Adult learning and social movements
7) Is adult education an international movement? Alan Tuckett and the International League for Social Commitment in Adult Education (ILSCAE), 1984–94—John Payne
8) The dance between struggle and hope: Lifelong, life-wide and life-deep learning in the time of HIV and AIDS—Shirley Walters
9) Adult learners’ weeks and learning festivals: Theoretical reflections on the
development and dissemination of an idea in a global perspective—Michael Schemmann
10) Adult Learners’ Week: 20 years on—Martin Yarnit
11) Mobilising for adult learning: Reflective and festive events—H. S. Bhola
12) Education for association: Re-membering for a new moral world—Stephen Yeo
Section 3: Adults learning, adults teaching
13) The messiness of real teaching and learning—Jay Derrick
14) Making jobs bigger for better learning: Connecting policies for lifelong learning to workplace improvement—Lorna Unwin
15) ‘A trail of interest through the maze of materials’: A historical perspective on
technology for adult learning in the Third Age—Nigel Paine
16) Adult learning and ‘the learner voice’—Chris Jude
17) Imagining a better future: An interview with David Puttnam—Paul Stanistreet
Section 4: Adult learning and policy
18) Learning organizations—Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein
19) Innovation and change in adult education in the Inner London Education
Authority (ILEA)—Tom Jupp
20) NIACE: Policy, politics and campaigning 1988–2008—Leisha Fullick
21) Family literacy: A case study in how to develop policy—John Benseman and Alison Sutton
22) Seriously useless learning? Potential and limits of recent research on the benefits of learning—John Field
23) Looking differently at adult learning—Tom Schuller
Section 5: Don’t look back: Remaking adult learning
24) Alan Tuckett: A biographical sketch—Ursula Howard
25) Leading a learning organization—Sue Meyer, Peter Lavender and Alastair Thomson
26) ‘Five minutes in front of everyone else…’: An interview with Alan Tuckett—Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein