The Contribution of Non-formal Adult Education to Social Sustainability: Policy Implications from Case Studies in the Asia-Pacific Region

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Title The Contribution of Non-formal Adult Education to Social Sustainability: Policy Implications from Case Studies in the Asia-Pacific Region
Author Bagnall, Richard Gordon
Book Title Rethinking work and learning: Adult and vocational education for social sustainability
Editor P.Willis, S. Mckenzie & R. Harris
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Abstract In this chapter I examine, from a policy perspective, the contribution of non-formal adult education (NFAE) to social sustainability through its contribution to vocational learning. I draw on five country case studies of NFAE in the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Fiji, India, the Philippines, and Thailand. Vocational learning can enhance social sustainability because it facilitates the development of individual capacity for meaningful, productive, and competitive engagement in income generation. The case studies highlight a number of common qualities in the contribution of NFAE to vocational learning. NFAE was found in each of the countries to be an important provider of vocational education and a contributor more broadly to vocational learning outcomes. That contribution was facilitated by the low capital overheads and the high situational responsiveness and cost effectiveness of provision in the NFAE sector. The sector's involvement in vocational education also raised a number of tensions, which need to be considered in policy initiatives and reviews. The democratic, participative, community-based, and humanistic nature of NFAE provision, and its commitment to social justice, also benefit its promotion of informed, active, and responsible citizenship, which itself encourages productive self-employment or cooperative enterprise. These findings suggest the value of the sector in carrying forward the social sustainability learning agenda.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.springerlink.com
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8964-0_15
Chapter Number 15
Page from 193
Page to 210
ISBN 978-1-4020-8963-3
Date Accessioned 2010-03-05
Date Available 2010-08-23T07:02:23Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Continuing and Community Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30471
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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