EDCX570 Introduction to Adult Education and Training

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions AET380 or AET381 or AET382 or AET470 or AET480 or PDLD470
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Bob Boughton (rboughto@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit provides an introduction to key areas of study of adult education and training. Through case studies, the areas of provision and philosophies of adult education and training are explored, along with the roles of educators of adults. Students are encouraged to relate their studies in this unit to their own experience and work situations in association with the literature of the field.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Adult Education and Training

ISBN: 9781921333033
Athanasou, J. (ed), James Barlow Publishing 2008

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Assignment 1 5%
Assessment Notes

Information sheet

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1 GA: 1,2

Assignment 2 - Essay 45% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-2 GA: 1,2,4

Assignment 3 - Essay 50% 3000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 3-4 GA: 1-4,7

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. develop their understanding of some of the concepts and terms used in the study of adult education;
  2. discuss the diverse forms of adult education and training provision in Australia and overseas;
  3. consider some of the major theoretical and philosophical traditions in adult education, and clarify their own values in relation to these;
  4. discuss some important current issues in ways informed by what they learn in this unit.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
Knowledge of a Discipline

Topic notes and readings teach the fundamentals of adult education, and this knowledge is assessed in Assignments 1, 2 & 3

True True
Communication Skills

Assignments 1, 2 & 3 test students ability to communicate in the genre of an academic paper

Global Perspectives

Topic notes and readings include material on the theory and practice of adult education in other countries as well as Australia. Assignment 3 tests knowledge of these international dimensions of the field

True True
Information Literacy

Topic notes teach the use of e-resources in the field. Assignments 2 & 3 test students ability to access and assess these resources critically

True True
Life-Long Learning

Lifelong learning is a core foundational concept of contemporary adult education theory, and is discussed in the topic notes and readings

Problem Solving

Topic notes pose problems via focus questions, encouraging students to reflect on real-life issues and problems in their own practice

Social Responsibility

Social equity is a core value of contemporary adult education and its various meaning are taught via the topic notes and readings. Assignment 2 assesses students understanding of social responsibility in the context of our field

True True