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EDF2802 - Contexts of adult learning and development

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Mr D Anderson


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines the diverse contexts of adult learning and development from historical and contemporary perspectives. Consideration is given to the ways in which adult learning and development have been shaped by social, political and economic imperatives, including workplace and technological change. Students are given opportunities to explore the impact and implications of these contextual forces for adult educators and learners in workplace and community settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have developed an understanding of core concepts relating to 'contexts' in adult learning and development; an awareness of the historical context of adult and vocational education and training; knowledge of how contemporary social, political and economic forces, including workplace and technological change are reshaping adult learning and development; and an ability to analyse the inter-relationships between the context and practices of adult learning and development.


All tasks negotiated but equivalent in total to 4,000 words: Reading review (30%) 1,500 words; Case study report (70%) 2,500 words

Contact hours

2 hours per week