ERIC Number: ED345104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Story of Adult Education in Cornwall. 70 Years of the W.E.A.
McCallum, Gordon, Ed.
This book contains five essays that recount the story of Britain's Workers' Educational Association (WEA) in particular and adult education in general in Cornwall since 1919. "An Idea Moves West: The Days before 1919" (Bernard Deacon) discusses the birth of the movement. The problems of chronically high unemployment, low wages, and emigration that faced potential adult education organizers in Cornwall in the early 1900s are shown to reappear following World War I. "The Inter War Years: Making It Work 1920-38" (Bernard Deacon) continues to place the early days of the WEA in the wider social fabric of the time. It describes economic problems leading to the need for financial backing from Carnegie Trust funds; the WEA from 1929-33; and the ability of the WEA to hold on in the 1930s despite the economic situation. Other aspects of the WEA discussed include class offerings, tutors, students, geographical constraints, the branches, and campaigning for education. "The Troubled Years: 1939-1953" (Gordon McCallum) focuses on the role of WEA during the war years, post-war growth, university relationships, rumors of independence, and damage limitation. "Calm after the Storm: 1954-1969" (Gordon McCallum) discusses other crises of policy and administrators, such as Oxford linkages, Summer and Weekend Schools, and the Development Scheme, which offered sample courses. "New Faces, New Themes: 1970-1989" (John Hurst) widens the context to place the WEA within adult education as a whole. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Economic Factors, Educational Development, Educational Finance, Educational History, Educational Needs, Employees, Foreign Countries, Labor Education, Nontraditional Education, Program Development, Unions
Workers Educational Association, Martins Gate, Bretonside, Plymouth PL4 OAT, England, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Workers Educational Association, Plymouth (England). South West District.
Identifiers: England (Cornwall); Workers Educational Association