What is adult education?

  • (noun): A course (via lectures or correspondence) for adults who are not otherwise engaged in formal study.

Adult Education

Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. Adult education takes place in the workplace, through "extension" school (e.g. Harvard Extension) or "school of continuing education" (Columbia School of Continuing Education). Other learning places include community colleges, folk high schools, and lifelong learning centers. The practice is also often referred to as "Training and Development" and is often associated with workforce or professional development. It has also been referred to as andragogy (to distinguish it from pedagogy). Adult education is different from vocational education, which is mostly workplace-based for skill improvement; and also from non-formal adult education, including learning skills or learning for personal development.

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Some articles on adult education:

Malati Choudhury - Social Work and Politics
... They started adult education work in the neighbouring villages ... As activists they used principles of education and communication in creating a conducive environment for Satyagraha ... The State Resource Centre for Adult Education, which was established by the Government of India, under the auspices of the Utkal Navajeevan Mandal, at Angul in 1978 ...
Secwepemc Cultural Education Society - Core Programs and Projects
... Adult Education Department The purpose of the Adult Education Program is to enable learners to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote self-reliance and cultural pride, ultimately leading to employment ... Over the last year, the following has occurred with the Adult Education Department Provided evening courses for the winter 2010 semester Students have graduate ... Aboriginal Adult Industry Training (AAIT) The APAL program is a collaborative effort between SCES and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) based on funding from the ...
Sharan Merriam
... Merriam is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia ... Her focus has been researching and writing about adult learning and the foundations of adult education ... Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education for three of her books ...
Adult Education - Characteristics
... provide one-to-one tutoring and small group sessions for adults at the 6th grade level or below ... Many adult education centers from community colleges receive grants from Welfare and Unemployment departments to offer training to welfare and unemployment recipients to help these individuals gain life and work ... Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways ...

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    From infancy, almost, the average girl is told that marriage is her ultimate goal; therefore her training and education must be directed toward that end. Like the mute beast fattened for slaughter, she is prepared for that.
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