Chapter Twelve

The Organization of Adult and Continuing Education

Self-directed learning can occur at any time and in any place but the majority of teaching and learning transactions occur within an organizational context. In this sense, education may be regarded as institutionalized learning, a point to which further reference is made below. Organizations are, however, a common feature in contemporary society. Indeed, it has been described as an organization society. Hence, the study of organizations is quite fundamental to the comprehension of modern society. As a concept, however, organization has nearly as many definitions as it has had writers about it but, for the purposes of this chapter, Hall’s (1972:9) definition is accepted here:

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