Adult education since 1862

Distaining to take the hint offered by Professor Malcolm Chase who suggested that ‘there are rather more histories of adult education than of other fields which would seem as deserving of historical scutiny, for example … higher education’, Vaughan College, Leicester has seized the opportunity of an anniversary, its 150th birthday, to reflect on its past (Chase ‘”Mythmaking and mortmain”: the uses of adult education history’, Studies in the Education of Adults, 27, 1 ,1995, p.52). The event will be marked by three main sessions over July 2nd – July 3rd 2012 which will look at what Vaughan College has stood for, how ‘the Vaughan tradition’ now fits into current thinking, policy and practice and the place of adult education in contemporary society.

It opens at 4.30 on the 2nd with a talk by AA100 author and AL at the OU, Dr Lucy Faire who is also Director of the HE Certificate in Modern British History at Vaughan College.  Lucy, pictured, will give a presentation with Dr. Clive Marsh (University of Leicester) Vaughan College Past and Present: From ‘Self-Improvement’ to ‘Employability’?

After a drinks reception hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Professor John Field (Professor of Lifelong Learning, University of Stirling) will talk on “Why lifelong learning makes us happier, healthier and friendlier: evidence, aspiration and purpose”.

The following day there will be a seminar with Dr Cheryl Hunt (University of Exeter) on the theme: ‘Packaging positive thinking or returning to roots? Adult education and spirituality’. This will be followed by lunch.

Details (location, booking etc).

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