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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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LEARNING ALONG THE WAY

The evolution of adult and continuing education

Steven Weiland

 

 

 

Adult and continuing education is a vast and varied enterprise. Broadly defined it is part of the experience of virtually every mature individual around the world.1 As the terms are generally used — with closely allied terms like ‘recurrent education’ favoured in Europe or ‘lifelong learning’ favoured in North America — adult and continuing education refers to:

1 the many and diverse educational activities in which individuals or groups engage, some activities deliberately organised for learning and some not;

2 the design and administration of educational programmes, and the instructional component of them, in post-secondary educational institutions ...

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