First encounters: New worlds and old maps


  • Michael R. Welton


This essay explores the new forms of learning that occurred, and the difficulties entailed, when European explorers like Christopher Columbus and Jacques Cartier encountered new lands and strange customs. This essay examines how the explorers filtered their perceptions and learning through their inherited cosmography. It is also offered as a rather modest initial probe into how we might write the history of adult learning in Canada before adult education was invented.


Cet article examine les nouvelles formes d’apprentissage, et les difficultés impliqué à l’époque ou, Christophe Colomb and Jacques Cartier, exploreurs Européens, a l’encontre des pays neufs et des coutumes étrangères. Cet article examine comment les exploreurs filtrent leurs perceptions et apprentissages selon leurs cosmographies. De plus, l’article offre une enquête modeste au sujet de la façon dont on peut commencer à écrire l’histoire de l’éducation d’adultes au Canada, au paravent de l’invention de l’éducation d’adultes.




How to Cite

Welton, M. R. (2009). First encounters: New worlds and old maps. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 21(2), 67–79. Retrieved from