ERIC Number: ED298253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
A Conceptual Framework and Proposed Taxonomy for Social Policy Research on Participation in Adult Education.
Quigley, B. Allan
Although a considerable body of research has been developed in recent years on participation in adult education, little has been done from the standpoint of social policy and its impact on participation. To assist investigation of this aspect of participation, three social policy models are presented: market models, progressive-liberal-welfare models, and social control models. The models can be linked to three adult education streams of practice: the vocational, liberal/liberatory, and social reconstruction streams. They can also be linked to sociological theories on a continuum from structural functionalism to conflict theory. A taxonomy of mechanisms found in policy within each social policy model is proposed, and a number of participation research issues for future investigation on this issue are suggested. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Students, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Models, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Social Control, Social Environment, Social Influences, Student Characteristics, Student Recruitment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Trans Atlantic Dialogue Conference (Leeds, England, July 11-13, 1988).