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Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

This PhD provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research in the field of adult education and lifelong learning.

This PhD provides an opportunity to undertake research in the field of adult education and lifelong learning. Lifelong learning is increasingly seen as central to social, political, and economic change. Adult education and lifelong learning encompass a wide range of learning situations from informal through to formal education and corporate contexts.

Research in this area can include:

  • classic and contemporary learning theories
  • constructivist pedagogies
  • widening participation
  • learning in community, corporate, and adult education, further and higher education, as well as informal learning in the family or community
  • professional learning in relation to career development work, coaching, counselling, early childhood, education, lifelong learning, mindfulness, professional studies, psychotherapy, social policy, social / psychosocial studies, and/or social work
  • popular and radical adult education
  • issues of class, gender, ethnicity, age, and disability
  • access to education and learning experiences, retention, and drop-out
  • transitions and learner identity and issues of agency and structure
  • transformative learning
  • motivations to learning
  • the use of new technologies in teaching and learning
  • learning and well-being

We provide this named PhD route covering a range of professional and academic areas linked to lifelong learning. This results in a PhD with the named route 'Adult Education and Lifelong Learning' on the University transcript. If you prefer to follow a PhD without a named route, there are also strong links between this PhD and our Open Professional Studies Route PhD (P-X3S1). So this option can be pursued.

Key Facts

Starts: October/January

Level: PhD

Mode: Full-time/Part-time

Course code: X352

Venue: Warwick University