Adult Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) - Home page
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) supports programs that help young people and adults obtain the knowledge and skills for successful ...

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education
An Adult Education resource located in Harvard Square, with hundreds of courses; site offers online registration.

NIACE Homepage
NIACE (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) is the leading non-governmental organisation for adult learning in England and Wales.

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education The nation's premiere adult education organization dedicated to being the leading ...

Centre for Adult Education (CAE)
Responsible for the provision of a range of basic and general education programs to adults.

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Adult education is the practice of teaching and educating adults. This is often done in the workplace, or through 'extension' or 'continuing education' courses at secondary schools, or at a College or University. The practice is also often referred to as 'Training and Development'. It has also been referred to as andragogy (to distinguish it from pedagogy).

Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways. One of the most important differences is that adults have accumulated knowledge and experience which can either add value to a learning experience or hinder it.

Another important difference is that adults frequently must apply their knowledge in some practical fashion in order to learn effectively; there must be a goal and a reasonable expectation that the new knowledge will help them further that goal. One example, common in the
1990s, was the proliferation of computer training courses in which adults (not children or adolescents), most of whom were office workers, could enroll. These courses would teach basic use of the operating system or specific application software. Because the abstractions governing the user's interactions with a PC were so new, many people who had been working white-collar jobs for ten years or more eventually took such training courses, either at their own whim (to gain computer skills and thus earn higher pay) or at the behest of their managers.

In the United States, a more general example is that of the high-school dropout who returns to school to complete general education requirements. Most upwardly-mobile positions require at the very least a
high school diploma or equivalent. A working adult is unlikely to have the freedom to simply quit their job and go "back to school" on a full-time basis. Community colleges and correspondence schools usually offer evening or weekend classes for this reason. In the USA, the equivalent of the high school diploma earned by an adult through these programs is to pass the General Education Development (GED) test.

Another fast growing sector of adult education is English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), also refered to as English as a Second Language (ESL). These courses are key in asissting immigrants with not only thre acquisition of the English language, but the acclimation process to the culture of the United States.


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