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ERIC Number: EJ759738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
The Killing of the Workers' Educational Association of Victoria: A Myth Challenged
Dadswell, Gordon
Studies in the Education of Adults, v36 n2 p265-282 Aut 2004
On 21 March 1941, the Council of the Workers' Educational Association of Victoria, Australia, (the Association) voted the organisation out of existence. The demise was in no way contemplated, and there was no practical reason why the Council acted in the way it did. This paper is the story of the destruction of a successful adult education provider in the State of Victoria, the roles taken by leading intellectuals, specifically Colin Robert Badger, and the subsequent myth that developed to explain this destruction. A brief description of the development of adult education in Australia is presented. This is followed by an analysis of the growth of the Association in Victoria and the role of Colin Robert Badger in ensuring its destruction. The paper concludes with an analysis of the myth that developed following the demise of the Association.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia