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Brown, Tony – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2020
Adult education has the power to change lives, and in Australia has always been made up of educators and providers capable of adapting to the changing environments around them. Today, however, there is declining support for adult education at a time when there is growing public disenchantment with the political system, an uncivil public discourse,…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Political Attitudes
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Brown, Tony – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2018
The idea of learning throughout life has been present in educational thinking since Plato. However, as a guiding principle for integrating educational efforts, it is a much more recent development. This paper canvasses the rise of interest in lifelong learning internationally as a policy initiative, an umbrella under which other learning policies…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Educational Change, Economic Climate, Educational Policy
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Brown, Tony – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2010
Adult education's continuing purpose has been questioned by writers for over twenty years and today the re-organisation and closure of some University departments brings this issue to the fore. This paper takes up the theme of really useful knowledge in a changing world from the standpoint of teaching adult education history to graduate students.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Adult Education, History Instruction, Graduate Study
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Brown, Tony; Yasukawa, Keiko – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2009
Australian trade unions are at a pivotal moment. In 2007-2008, a review of the training and education programs of the Education and Campaign Centre (ECC), the education arm of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), was conducted through a series of interviews with leaders of twenty-five unions. The review found that Australian unions do…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Unions, Union Members, Labor Education
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Brown, Tony – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Lifelong learning has evolved from the UNESCO concept in the 1960s-70s of democratization through education to the 1990s' economic competitiveness arguments. Current economic and social conditions demand a broader conception that encompasses changes in work, technology, and demography and environmental sustainability. Focus should shift to…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Education