The Sociology of Adult & Continuing Education

Book description

This book provides a comprehensive sociological overview of adult and continuing education. It draws on all branches of sociology rather than advocating one approach. It examines the theories of all the significant sociological writers in the field such as Knowles, Marx, Freire and Gramsci and sets them in the broader intellectual context. It also considers the content of the curriculum in adult education and the place of adult education in society at large. The author indicates the strengths and weaknesses of the different sociological perspectives and demonstrates how they can be used to analyse the function and purpose of adult and continuing education.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Introduction
  8. Part I: Sociological Perspectives
    1. Chapter 1: Sociological Introduction
      1. The Two Sociologies
      2. Sociological Schools of Thought and Ideologies
      3. Concluding Discussion
    2. Chapter 2: Education and Social Change
      1. Change in Society
      2. Emergence and Growth of Education
      3. The Changing Concept of Education
      4. Adult and Continuing Education
      5. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 3: Interpreting Adult and Continuing Education
      1. Interpreting Social Phenomena
      2. Liberal Adult Education
      3. Radical Adult Education
      4. Underdetermination in Adult Education
      5. Conclusion
  9. Part II: A Sociology of a Teaching and Learning Curriculum
    1. Chapter 4: The Two Educations
      1. Classical and Romantic Curricula
      2. The ‘Two Educations’
      3. Andragogy and Pedagogy
      4. Romanticism and the 1960s
      5. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 5: Aims, Objectives and Meeting Needs and Demands in Adult Education
      1. Aims and Objectives
      2. Needs and Demands
      3. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 6: The Content of the Curriculum
      1. A Sociological Understanding of the Nature of Knowledge
      2. Curriculum Content as a Selection from Culture
      3. Education from Above
      4. Education of Equals
      5. Conclusion
    4. Chapter 7: Teaching Methods and Learning
      1. Methods of Teaching
      2. The Self
      3. The Learning Cycle
      4. Criticisms of the Strategy-Based Position
      5. The Teaching Strategy of Paulo Freire
      6. Conclusion
    5. Chapter 8: Examinations and Assessment
      1. Definition and Legitimation of Social Reality
      2. Examinations Reproduce the Hierarchical Relations in Society
      3. Examinations and the Reproduction of Society’s Mode of Operation
      4. Education on a Commodity
      5. An Identity Ritual
      6. An Aftermath of Examinations?
      7. Self Assessment
      8. Conclusion
  10. Part III: Adult and Continuing Education in the Context of Society
    1. Chapter 9: The Functions of Adult and Continuing Education
      1. Maintenance of the Social System and Reproduction of Existing Social Relations
      2. Transmission of Knowledge and the Reproduction of Culture
      3. Individual Advancement and Selection
      4. Second Chance and Legitimation
      5. Leisure Time Pursuit and Institutional Expansion
      6. Development and Liberation
      7. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 10: Alternative Approaches to the Education of Adults
      1. Education of the Affect
      2. Community Education
      3. Distance Education
      4. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 11: Adult and Continuing Education and Social Policy
      1. Social Policy and Legislation
      2. Models of Social Policy
      3. Application of Social Policy Models to Adult and Continuing Education
      4. Concluding Discussion
  11. Part IV: Adult and Continuing Education in the Organizational Context
    1. Chapter 12: The Organization of Adult and Continuing Education
      1. The Organization of the Service
      2. Bureaucratic Organization
      3. Centre-Periphery Model of Organization
      4. Dilemmas of Institutionalised Education of Adults
      5. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 13: Adult Participants in Education
      1. Access to Adult and Continuing Education
      2. Participation in the Education of Adults
      3. Barriers to Access
      4. Conclusion
    3. Chapter 14: Interaction within the Organization
      1. Interaction on Registration
      2. The Adult Student Role
      3. Classroom Interaction
      4. Group Behaviour
      5. Conclusion
    4. Chapter 15: The Educator of Adults
      1. The Occupation of Educator of Adults
      2. The Occupation within the Organization
      3. Professionalization of the Education of Adults
      4. Conclusion
  12. Bibliography
  13. Index

Product information

  • Title: The Sociology of Adult & Continuing Education
  • Author(s): Peter Jarvis
  • Release date: April 2012
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781136628702