Adult education is an under-researched field. Judgements about learning programmes are mostly summative and learning that does not lead to an accredited outcome is given low priority under current policy. This fascinating study considers the many factors that influence quality in adult learning, and provides a detailed analysis of the following concepts - characteristics of adults as learners; adult learning theory and andragogy; the experiences of adult learners and what they bring to the learning environment; quality and teaching; and quality and learning.
"'The focus of [Peter Boshier's] research on participation and responsibility for adult learning is close to my own... People here (and many other places) will be interested. I am confident academics involved in adult learning in, for example, New Zealand, Australia and the USA, as well as the UK and Canada, would welcome this book... I will do what I can to promote the publication whenever the opportunity arises.' Roger Boshier, Professor of Adult Education, University of British Columbia, Canada"