Adult Education 100 Commission
The Report of the Centenary Commission on Adult Education will be published 18 November 2019: 100 years, almost to the day, since the publication of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education. This meeting will bring together policy-makers, managers and practitioners engaged in the provision and development of adult education, historians of adult education, and researchers on the economics and sociology of educational policy and its relation to changing labour market and administrative structures today. The aim is to seek to influence important policy debates about the social and economic conditions which most effectively support adult learning, informed by the SES research and the work of the Centenary Commission.
The meeting will enable colleagues to debate and shape the future of adult education in Britain, in the light of an informed understanding of the traditions which underpin British practice and policy. Through archival documentary research, the SES project has examined the role of the Education Act 1918 in shaping adult education, and its influence on the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Adult Education Committee (AEC) (1917-19) task “to consider the provision for, and possibilities of, Adult Education (other than technical or vocational) in Great Britain, and to make recommendations”.
Key questions for workshops:
· What directions should adult education take in the years ahead? What role should it play in social, economic and personal development?
· What role can and should the voluntary sector play in adult education today? How is this affected by austerity?
· How should the state relate to the voluntary sector in adult education and vice versa?