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Dons and WorkersOxford and Adult Education since 1850$
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Lawrence Goldman

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205753.001.0001

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The End of the Tradition: Oxford and Adult Education since 1945

The End of the Tradition: Oxford and Adult Education since 1945

(p.248) 7 The End of the Tradition: Oxford and Adult Education since 1945
Dons and Workers

Lawrence Goldman

Oxford University Press

Writing the history of university adult education after 1945 is considerably more difficult than doing it for any preceding period. In recent decades the ideals of the movement have become less clear; Above all, the disappearance of established working-class communities, institutions, and traditions — indeed the gradual decline of a self-conscious working class itself — and changes in the nature of academic life, have altered, if not destroyed the fundamental relationship between dons and workers. Though extramural departments obviously differed in how they responded to new circumstances, there is a sense in which the traditional adult education movement failed to take its opportunities in the 1950s and 1960s

Keywords:   university adult education, educational institution, workers' education, academic life, tradition

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