ERIC Number: ED377348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Adult Education in the American Experience from the Colonial Period to the Present. The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series.
Stubblefield, Harold W.; Keane, Patrick
This book offers a comprehensive history of adult education in the United States from the colonial period to the present day. Chapter 1 discusses definitions of adult education and explores formative influences. Chapters 2-3 on the colonial and post-Revolutionary periods trace an Atlantic information network, rise of a literate culture, Puritan impact, and evolution of regulated access. Chapters 4-9 cover the early national and antebellum periods through the Civil War: the educational aspirations of independence; spread of literacy; innovations (mechanics' institutes, lyceums, and a professionalizing process); organized labor's response; women's adult education; and the "civilizing mission" of Native American education. Chapters 10-12 cover the following aspects of the period from the end of the Civil War through the end of World War I (WWI): institutional innovations; creation of an agricultural education system; training for industrial work; initiatives for social change; and methods to cope with the new urban, industrial, and immigrant society. Chapters 13-15 cover the following through WWII: expansion of institutions to foster learning and education, growing importance of the workplace, educational initiatives guided by visions of a better society, and adult education during national emergencies. Chapters 16-18 describe adult education's continuing institutionalization through the 1980s, social issues and civic concerns, and a national agenda for adult education. A concluding chapter addresses responsiveness to the needs of all learners. Contains 601 references and name and subject indexes. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agricultural Education, Blacks, Education Work Relationship, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Indigenous Populations, Labor Education, Literacy, Literacy Education, Minority Groups, Public Policy, Role of Education, Social Change, Social Problems, Unions, United States History, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Jossey-Bass Inc., 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 ($34.95).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
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