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ERIC Number: EJ973620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Through the Looking Glass: Adult Education through the Lens of the Australian Journal of Adult Learning over Fifty Years
Harris, Roger; Morrison, Anne
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v51 spec iss p17-52 Dec 2011
In this paper we review fifty years of articles published in Australian Journal of Adult Learning in its various iterations. We examine the different roles of the journal: to illuminate the history and trends of adult education authors; to be the flagship of the adult education profession in Australia; to reflect on significant national events; and to mirror the changing knowledge base of the discipline. We analyse the authorship of the articles over fifty years, and determine patterns in contribution to the journal by gender, location, institutional affiliation and author numbers. We also examine key themes that have surfaced in the writings on adult education. The articles published in the journal are significant because they are primary sources of the day, unfettered by the perspectives, viewpoints and standards of later periods. Our paper serves as a useful looking glass through which we might be able to view more clearly the shifting research interests of the past and the challenges in the future for the adult and community learning sector. (Contains 11 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; India; New Zealand; Nigeria; United Kingdom; United States