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The importance of adult education is growing steadily—be it in relation with migration, matters of inclusion, the work place etc. Thus, this international perspective on the most important research issues in adult education is a wealth of knowledge for anyone related to this field. The book is composed as a text book and thus, provides didactic material for discussion and further exploration of research in the field of AE from an international perspective.
In addition, this text also provides self-study material. It gives a general overview of main research guidelines in the field of AE obtained from EU bodies, as well as a picture of the existing research in different fields of AE. Furthermore, identification of fields and areas of research which require further development is given, as well as an understanding of the relationship between the definition of educational policies, mainly at the European level, and the development of research projects and actions. An overall description of research in four main fields within AE is provided: migration, social inclusion, professionals and learning in the workplace. These chapters include notes on the most important methodological tools implemented by research.
Esther Oliver, Doctor on Sociology, Professor at the Sociology Department at the University of Barcelona, Spain.