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ERIC Number: ED480964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 7
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"My Business Was Not with Lost Souls and the Underprivileged": The Contribution of Colin Badger (1906-1993) to Adult Education in Victoria, Australia.
Rushbrook, Peter
Colin Badger was an adult educator who contributed to Victorian adult education in Australia. After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1936, Badger became a tutor for the South Australian Workers Education Association (WEA), where he became aware of the possibilities of adult education. After study in London, he returned to Australia to work first as a Reader's Counselor part of a University of Western Australia scheme to encourage adult reading funded by the Carnegie Corporation and then as the university's Director of Adult Education. In 1939 he became the Director of Extension at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, where he transformed the WEA curriculum and, in 1945, formed the Council of Adult Education (CAE) a statutory authority responsible for coordinating and delivering Victorian adult education. Badger then began a quarter century of sustained adult education innovation, and his initiatives always included one or more of these three themes: extension and recreational education; the visual and performing arts; and national adult education coordination. In the late 1950s he participated in the creation of the Australian Association of Adult Education (AAAE). (The author emphasizes Badger's life as a lesson on the capacity of an individual to author historical change and points out that his life is a reminder of the role of the historian in rescuing historical authorship from obscurity. Contains 26 references.) (MO)
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Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Language: English
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