Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Convivial research and learning

Regenerating conviviality in adult learning: towards a research agenda

As part of an ongoing research project on Sustaining social purpose, I am collecting stories from university adult educators who entered the field between the early 1970s and the mid to late 1980s, and I am struck by the emphasis on conviviality in teaching and learning that is emerging, and how in those dark years of Thatcherism in the UK, increasing instrumentalism and dismissal of learning for its own sake, adult education lost its spirit of conviviality. Only now are discussions about convivial adult learning beginning to regenerate.

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