Rethinking Work and Learning

Adult and Vocational Education for Social Sustainability

  • Peter Willis
  • Stephen Mckenzie
  • Roger Harris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Introduction: Challenges in Adult and Vocational Education for Social Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Willis, Stephen McKenzie, Roger Harris
      Pages 1-9
  3. Social Sustainability Perspectives in Adult and Vocational Education

  4. Foundations for Social Sustainability in Adult and Vocational Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Michael Newman
      Pages 83-91
  5. Creating Spaces for Social Sustainability in Adult and Vocational Education

  6. Adult and Vocational Education for Social Sustainability in Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179

About this book


This volume brings together an international group of contributors to explore ways in which social sustainability can be integrated into Adult and Vocational Education (AVE) practices. While it is clear that given the rapid change of work, job-specific training for adults is clearly vital the world over, it is argued here that job-specific training needs re-orientation to include life-specific learning as well. This can come about when the learning opportunities to which citizens have access prepare them for participation in work which is economically productive and at the same time engages them in related civic activities which promote environmental and social sustainability. The re-orientation of current AVE systems can be achieved in two ways: by broadening the educational agenda to include elements of environmental science, politics and the arts, and by including more dialogic and collaborative teaching and learning styles.


Adult Education Adult Learning Religion Strategie education family social development social sustainability vocational education

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Willis
    • 1
  • Stephen Mckenzie
    • 1
  • Roger Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Dr. Peter Willis Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work (Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies) School of EducationUniversity of South AustraliaMawson Lakes SA 5095Australia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8963-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8964-0
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