Linking the Past, Present, and Future of Canada's Adult and Continuing Education Unit: A Conceptual Paper for Post-2020 Times
A conceptual paper for post-pandemic times
Keywords:communities of practice; technology-enabled teaching and learning; recognition of prior achievements, post-pandemic adult and continuing education units
In this conceptual paper, the authors consider how select themes found in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education from 2010-2020, other theoretical principles and practices from the broader education literature, and the lived experiences of adult and continuing education units in 2020 will shape the future of adult and continuing education practice for years to come. Attributes of adult and continuing education units that will thrive and assist Canada in re-building in a post-2020 world include sustained investment in on-line educational technologies; programming that enables displaced workers to re-enter the workplace expeditiously through alternate pathways and credentials as well as health- and socially-focused programs given Canada’s aging population and the social consequences of 2020; recognition of the prior achievements of adult learners including those from immigrant backgrounds; and tighter bonds between adult and continuing education units and the larger Academy including its teaching, learning, and scholarship communities.
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