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The End of the Tradition: Oxford and Adult Education since 1945

Lawrence Goldman

in Dons and Workers

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205753
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676765 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205753.003.0008
The End of the Tradition: Oxford and Adult Education since 1945

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Writing the history of university adult education after 1945 is considerably more difficult than doing it for any preceding period. In recent decades the ideals of the movement have become less clear; Above all, the disappearance of established working-class communities, institutions, and traditions — indeed the gradual decline of a self-conscious working class itself — and changes in the nature of academic life, have altered, if not destroyed the fundamental relationship between dons and workers. Though extramural departments obviously differed in how they responded to new circumstances, there is a sense in which the traditional adult education movement failed to take its opportunities in the 1950s and 1960s

Keywords: university adult education; educational institution; workers' education; academic life; tradition

Chapter.  22674 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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