Adult Education Curriculum

The concept of curriculum remains underdeveloped in the field of adult education, although many of the issues concerning knowledge, power, and identity addressed in curriculum studies also manifest within education for adults. The lack of explicit recognition of curriculum and the concomitant lack of engagement with curriculum theory and the literature of curriculum studies derives from a highly diversified field with few broad curriculum structures and an entrenched commitment to learner-centered planning. This is changing, however, as increasing numbers of adult education scholars are coming to embrace perspectives that focus on the politics of curriculum, including race, gender, class, and sexual orientation, as integral aspects of the formal, hidden, and lived curricula of adult education. Adult education scholars are also exploring cultural studies approaches to ...

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