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Black, Stephen; Bee, Barbara – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2018
Adult literacy provision began in Australia during a radical education era in the 1970s, and yet in recent decades, social class as a construct has been largely absent in the academic literature on adult literacy. We argue however that social class is essential to understanding adult literacy provision and furthermore that working class people…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Literacy, Adult Education, Social Class
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Field, John; Morgan-Klein, Natalie – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2013
Social class is a major determining factor of people's life chances. Much sociology-based research shows that socio-economic position is still one of the best predictors of who will achieve success, prosperity and social status and, in particular, who will enjoy the highest levels of educational outcomes. Survey data and qualitative studies alike…
Descriptors: Social Class, Higher Education, Access to Education, Academic Persistence
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Livingstone, David W.; Sawchuck, Peter H. – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2005
The research reported in this paper attempts to document the actual learning practices of working-class people in the context of the much heralded "knowledge-based economy." Our primary thesis is that working-class peoples' indigenous learning capacities have been denied, suppressed, degraded or diverted within most capitalist schooling,…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Working Class, Informal Education, Case Studies
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Tett, Lyn – Studies in the Education of Adults, 2004
Widening participation initiatives tend to focus on raising the aspirations of the working class rather than changing educational cultures. However, any analysis must take account of the role of the educational institution itself in creating and perpetuating inequalities. Participation in higher education (HE) is an inherently more risky, costly…
Descriptors: Maturity (Individuals), Working Class, Higher Education, Risk
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Hughes, Mary – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1992
The creation in London of single-sex institutes for the education of women offered increased educational opportunities but did not widen their horizons. For working class women, educational policy regarding these institutes tended to support their domestic roles. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Evening Programs, Foreign Countries, Single Sex Schools
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Keane, Patrick – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1992
This literature review shows that independent learning and self-improvement were promoted in early nineteenth-century Canada. However, learner autonomy in the working classes faltered in the face of lack of resources and political opposition. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational History, Foreign Countries, Independent Study
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Tobias, Robert – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1998
Interviews with seven working-class adults suggest a need to understanding adult-learning patterns within the life context; they demonstrate how gender and class experiences affect learning and attitudes toward education. Pressuring adults into formal credentialing education would not necessarily be appropriate, and may be seen as oppressive. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Case Studies, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries
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Kean, Hilda – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1996
The "official" history of Ruskin College is contrasted with events in the feminist movement and the experience of women at the college. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Feminism, Foreign Countries, Historiography
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Bond, Meg – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1999
Interviews with striking sheet metal workers explored working class men's nonparticipation in continuing education. Key issues included the unpredictability of their working patterns and lives, employers' failure to accept continuing training as part of the workplace contract, and lack of access to free, comprehensive vocational guidance. (SK)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Educational Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Inglis, Tom – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1994
Daytime adult education has emerged in Ireland in the form of voluntary, locally based groups of working class women providing education for themselves and others. A survey of 96 groups illuminated their struggles with finding suitable space, day care, and advertising. They thrive because of disenchantment with the content, scheduling, and form of…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Self Directed Groups
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McIlroy, John – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1990
Reviews the life and work of British adult educator Raymond Williams, including his ideological bases, teaching methods, and publications post-World War II to 1960. Includes 195 reference notes. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Biographies, Foreign Countries