By Peter Jarvis

Discussing such issues as democracy and citizenship, this booklet is the 1st systematic try to examine grownup schooling from a political point of view.

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She suggests that adult education provision has always been a providers’ model, that is adult education from above, rather than a genuine attempt to meet the needs of the people. In addition, since it contains an ideology of individualism it merely supports the cultural styles of the dominant classes in society and, therefore, reinforces its social and cultural structures. Whilst she is partially correct from the standpoint of her analysis, it may also be claimed that the middle class are more conformist in practice although individualistic in ideology and, that while the state still controls it, liberal adult education is still able to function so as to educate individuals who might be able to play a critical role in the activities of the state, although they are likely to be middle class and have an individualistic orientation.

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