'A reservoir of learning': the beginnings of continuing education at the University of Sydney

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Title 'A reservoir of learning': the beginnings of continuing education at the University of Sydney
Author Dymock, Darryl
Journal Name Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Adult Learning Australia
Abstract Adult education has often been on the margin of university offerings in Australia and elsewhere, sometimes regarded as 'non-core' business or at least as a financial drain on the institution. At the University of Sydney, however, adult education has managed to survive in one form or other for over 140 years, currently through the Centre for Continuing Education. Partly this has been due to the support ofinjluential academics who have believed in the principle oj'extra-mural'studies', if not always agreeing with the way it has been delivered or funded. Research in the university's archives and through contemporary accounts shows that the pattern of provision was established in the 1890S andfirst 20 years of the twentieth century, particularly through the development of tutorial classes in a relationship with the Workers' EducationalAssociation,jollowing a model established in Britain at the universities of Oiford and Cambridge. However, the research also reveals that the relationship between the first Director of Tutorial Classes and senior members of Sydney University was not always harmonious, especially against the background of the conscription debates of World War 1.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI https://ala.asn.au/publications/australian-journal-of-adult-learning/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Adult Learning Australia. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 49
Issue Number 2
Page from 246
Page to 268
ISSN 1443-1394
Date Accessioned 2010-04-29
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Education Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30500
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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