Originally published in 1983. Curriculum studies and curriculum theory have tended to be pursued almost exclusively in the context of the school. Developments in curriculum theory have therefore not found reflections in much theoretical work in adult education.
This book points to the necessity of a curriculum theory for adult and continuing education through discussion of both curriculum studies and the principles of adult education. The various ways in which systems of adult education are now developing are reviewed, in social, political and cultural terms, and recent advances in education theory are related to developments in post-school education.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Introduction 1. Developments in Curriculum Theory 2. Adult Education Theory and the Curriculum 3. An Ideology of Needs, Access and Provision 4. Adult Education and Social Policy 5. Agents of Provision and Agencies of Curriculum Development 6. The Lifelong Curriculum 7. Gelpi’s View of Lifelong Education 8. Conclusion: Elements of Adult and Lifelong Curriculum Theory
Colin Griffin is a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies, having been for many years in the Department of Educational Studies.