In the development of non-conformist Christianity from John Wycliffe and the Lollards on, direct access for all to the Bible was stressed. With it came the need to be able to read — and an acceleration of Church efforts to educate around literacy. With the formation of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge SPCK in we see, for the first time, the Church of England making an attempt to encourage the formal teaching of adults to read.
Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mids. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America.
Adult educationdistinct from child educationis a practice in which adults engage in systematic and sustained self-educating activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values. In particular, adult education reflects a specific philosophy about learning and teaching based on the assumption that adults can and want to learn, that they are able and willing to take responsibility for that learning, and that the learning itself should respond to their needs. Driven by what one needs or wants to learn, the available opportunities, and the manner in which one learns, adult learning is affected by demographics, globalization and technology. The World Bank 's World Development Report on The Changing Nature of Work  argues that adult learning is an important channel to help readjust workers' skills to fit in the future of work and suggests ways to improve its effectiveness.
Adult educationalso called continuing educationany form of learning undertaken by or provided for mature men and women. Education for vocationaltechnical, and professional competence. Such education may aim at preparing an adult for a first job or for a new job, or it may aim at keeping him up to date on new developments in his occupation or profession.
Holst traces the changing nature of social justice-oriented adult education from the days of radical adult education to contemporary social movement learning. The chapter relates the changing descriptors of lifelong education and learning for social change to the changes in social movements themselves and the broader socio-political economic contexts in which they take place. The chapter argues that the concepts of new social movements and old social movements do not capture the nature of growing contemporary social movements among dispossessed sectors of society.
The International Council for Adult Education ICAEfounded inis the most influential and comprehensive international organization in the field of youth and adult education. ICAE represents more than organizations working on the promotion of the right to learn, literacy, youth and adult education and lifelong learning. It has seven member organizations at regional level and national members in 75 countries.
Adult Education plays an extremely important part in the struggle against poverty, especially in Latin America. But what is the current position? Who are most affected?
Amy D. Adult education is a practical field, and, as such, most of its research has focused on the improvement of practice rather than on what are traditionally referred to as "foundations" areas of study. This is not to say that historians have ignored the history of educational programs or institutions for adults.
Lifelong learning is a broad, generic term that is difficult to define with specificity. Its overlap, or its interchangeable use, with other closely related concepts, such as lifelong, permanent, recurrent, continuing, or adult education; learning organizations; and the learning society society in which learning is pervasivemakes this even more true. For some it includes learning from childhood and early schooling, while others treat it in terms of the adult learning process. It has grown to a global concept, with differing manifestations that vary with national political and economic priorities, and with cultural and social value systems.