International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education

International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education

International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education

International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education


Increasing demand for adult and further education around the world has led to a huge increase in its complexity. Containing over 2,500 references, this comprehensive volume focuses on the core issues in this rapidly changing field. This dictionary provides a detailed reference to the latest concepts, organizations and figures in education, and is an invaluable guide for every practitioner, researcher or student of education. Written in association with Professor Arthur C. Wilson, from the University of North Carolina, the International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education is truly international in scope, and presents dual spelling where appropriate.


Preface to the First Edition

Adult and continuing education is changing at a tremendously rapid rate in this contemporary, urban world. Indeed, by the time this dictionary is published some of the information will already be obsolescent. This is a feature of today's society. It might be wondered, therefore, if this is an opportune time to prepare such a dictionary. Obviously, the cliché that there is never an opportune time is as valid here as it ever is. That some of the information might be less valid because of change only reflects the dynamic nature of society and the manner in which adult and continuing education is adapting to respond to these changes.

However, adult and continuing education is still a complex field to enter and it is hoped that this dictionary will at least act as a guidebook to those who wish to find their way through. Naturally, it reflects one person's understanding of the field and consequently it contains its own limitations. If any colleague is prepared to send me corrections and changes, these will be incorporated in any new edition.

This selection of information must necessarily be my own and, consequently, it reflects on my own understanding of the field. It will be seem, for instance, that there are many references here that could have come from initial education. This is because I understand the field of education to be a single field with many common elements across the different forms, rather than a number of separate fields. It will also be noted that here are terms from a variety of the social science disciplines because I understand education to be a field of study which in its practical form utilizes their knowledge bases.

As the field is international, I have tried to record some information about the wider world of adult and continuing education. This is useful because it enables us to compare what is happening in our own society with that occurring elsewhere. We can learn from this and it may enrich both our own understanding and practice of education. However, spelling presented problems. I have therefore tried to give as much information as I can and consequently I have included the expressions, titles and so on in their first language, wherever this has been possible.

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