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The Learning Adult

Building and Reflecting on the Work of Peter Jarvis

John Holford Marcella Milana Richard Waller Sue Webb



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14 August 2020
Peter Jarvis is a towering figure in adult and lifelong education and a leading and original theorist of learning. This book explores the breadth and significance of his work. Sixteen chapters by leading international scholars explain and engage critically with his theorisation of learning, and with his extensive writings on the sociology, politics, ethics and history of adult education, and on professional education, lifelong learning and the learning society. The authors discuss his ideas, their influence and origins. They cover his contribution to learning theory, the recurring ethical themes in his writing, and the implications of his work for areas such as the education of migrants. They explore his global engagement as a scholar not only in different areas of lifelong education, but across the world: much-travelled, Peter Jarvis has supported the growth of adult education as a humane profession - as well as a field of study - in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Australasia, as well as Europe. They also address the intense humanism of his work, which has been continually informed by theological and ethical concerns: though he taught for three decades at the University of Surrey, where he was Head of the Department of Educational Studies and is now Emeritus Professor, he has been a Minister of the Methodist Church for over half a century.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Lifelong Education.
Edited by:   John Holford, Marcella Milana, Richard Waller, Sue Webb
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   472g
ISBN:   9780367590734
ISBN 10:   0367590735
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   14 August 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Holford is Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education at the University of Nottingham, UK, and an Editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. He was previously a Professor, Head of Educational Studies, and founding Head of Politics at the University of Surrey, UK. He is Co-ordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 international research project, Encouraging Lifelong Learning for a Vibrant and Inclusive Europe (ENLIVEN), an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and President of the International Society for Comparative Adult Education. Marcella Milana is Associate Professor at the University of Verona, Italy, and an Editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. She was previously Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research deals with the politics, policy and governance of adult education and learning, from comparative and global perspectives. Her recent publications include Global Networks, Local Actions: Rethinking Adult Education Policy in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2017). Richard Waller is Associate Professor of the Sociology of Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, and an Editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. He has published widely on adult and particularly higher education, and on social class. He was a co-investigator on the Paired Peers research project (2010-2017) which examined the impact of social class background on a cohort of students' journeys into, through, and out of university and into the graduate employment market. Sue Webb is Professor of Education at Monash University, Australia, and an Editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. She has researched the policy effects and practices related to access and participation of students from under-represented groups in the field of further and higher education, including the experiences of migrants and refugees. Currently she leads an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Vocational Institutions, undergraduate degrees: distinction or inequality?

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