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ERIC Number: EJ864430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Conceptualising Adult and Continuing Education Practice: Towards a Framework for Research
Chan, Benjamin Tak-Yuen
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v49 n1 p9-33 Apr 2009
Adult and continuing education practitioners are the core group of staff that enable the lifelong learning enterprise. However, there are few studies that look into the domain of practice of these practitioners, which is shaped by the organisation and its wider external milieux. Research on this topic naturally calls for the elucidation of practitioners' values and practice-related orientations that have structuring properties on practice. This paper argues that the theorising of practice must pay attention to the issue of "duality of structure" for the values of practice. It also suggests drawing from a range of theories to help establish the practice-to-milieu connection. Theories may also assist in bridging the abstract-to-reality gap when translating from values to actions. Whilst theories can offer explicative potential for practice, their use is facilitated only through availability of analytical frameworks to organise the practice of teaching adults and program planning into a logical series of components and processes. In this connection, a teaching practice model and a program planning practice model, based on systems theory, are proposed to guide future research. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A