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International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

Starts on: 1st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration Open

Course Developers

Dr. Budd L. Hall

Dr. Budd L. Hall, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, Canada is the Director, University of Victoria Office of Community Based Research and Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Studies. Prof. Budd Hall is an expert in the field of Comparative and International Education. He hold forte in the field of Community Development, Community Based Participatory Research, Social Movement Learning.

Ms. Cornelia Dragene

Ms. Cornelia Dragene, M.Sc., University of Victoria, Canada, has contributed to the development of International Dimensions of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. She brings into the course her passion for adult education, e-learning and the educational applications of the Internet to students.

Dr. Martha Farrell

Dr. Martha Farrell, PRIA International Academy, New Delhi. She is an Alumnus of Delhi University and her career spans more than 25 years in the field of education, research and policy advocacy, especially on issues related to gender. She has written extensively on women and gender related issues and has presented papers in various national and international conferences and workshops. Ms. Farrell has also worked extensively on issues of Adult and Non-Formal education.

Dr. Namrata Jaitli

Dr. Namrata Jaitli, PRIA, New Delhi, is a Master's in Social Works. She has a career span of over 15 years as a development professional. She has developed and taught courses on themes of participation and civil society as part of PRIA's Distance Education Programmes. Her experience covers a wide range of projects ranging from women's livelihood and empowerment project to capacity building interventions.

Dr. Rajesh Tandon

Dr. Rajesh Tandon, PRIA, New Delhi, is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organisation providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, twenty-eight years ago, and continues to be its Chief Functionary since 1982. A renowned authority on participatory research, Dr. Tandon has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment. He has contributed to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.

About the Course Special Features Target_Audience Learning Outcomes Course Format


In today's context, the process of education and especially adult education, along with globalisation and liberalisation of economies and markets, has gone beyond national boundaries. Thus, international organisations like the World Bank, UNESCO, ASPBAE etc. have all contributed to this large scale dissemination of knowledge.

The course looks at the various theoretical insights provided by such stalwarts like Jack Mezirow and Paolo Freire. It also gives the learner an understanding of the evolution of Adult Education and how it evolved into the modern avatar of Lifelong Learning.

The course would help you in thinking out of the box in terms of understanding what Adult Education is and will truly help you in better understanding and perceiving, element of Adult Education in the many movements, community interactions and other day-to-day activities.


  • This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international level, in a distance education mode.
  • A range of conceptual and practical issues on adult education and lifelong learning are addressed in the course.
  • The broad spectrum of the course is intended to empower and expand knowledge and skills of the learners and update their professional expertise.
  • The course material is designed and developed, to meet the special requirements of a distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
  • Moodle the preferred web-based platform, used by educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
  • Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.


This course presents opportunities to a wide and diverse spectrum of learners both nationally and internationally. The eligible learners include adult educators; variously known as facilitators/ animators/fieldworkers/development workers; development professionals, and students, researchers from State Resource Centers (SRCs), NGOs, Universities, international organizations and donors.


On completion of the course, the learner would be enabled to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and key issues of adult education as a worldwide field of practice
  • Identify key sources of information on global trends in adult education and lifelong learning
  • Situate their specific adult education practices within a global practice


  • 6 units of study
  • Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
  • 2–3 videos for the course
  • Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
  • Additional readings per unit


Unit 1: Historical Foundations of Adult Education

  • Early Adult Education Movements (18th and 19th Centuries)
  • Adult Education from 1900 to 1950
  • Early International Influences on Adult Education
  • Adult Education after World War II

Unit 2: Philosophical Approaches of Adult Education

  • The Concept of Andragogy
  • The Liberal (or Instrumental) View of Adult Education
  • Critical Perspectives of Adult Education
  • Issues in Contemporary Adult Education

Unit 3: Role of International Organisations

  • Major International Organisations and Networks in the Field of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Key Roles of Adult Education International Organisations & Networks

Unit 4: Adult Education Policies in International Contexts

  • Major Programmatic International Documents in the Field of Adult Education
  • The Concept and Goals of Lifelong Learning
  • Contemporary Global Trends in Policy Development

Unit 5: National and Regional Experiences

  • Structuring Adult Learning
  • The Controversy Surrounding Lifelong Learning
  • The Policy Divide
  • Financing and Participation

Unit 6: Issue Case Studies

  • Adult Education and Feminist Movements Worldwide
  • Adult Education and Indigenous Communities
  • Literacy in the 21st Century

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