Making a Difference: Challenges and Possibilities for a Diverse Field
Dr. Amy Rose, Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon and Dr. Carol Kasworm
This presentation will address issues related to the policy, research and practice of adult and continuing education as a professional field that continues to evolve. Since the 1950s, adult educators have endeavored to develop a professional field that represents a wealth of diverse realms of practice, while valuing the impact of research for the development of the field. In surveying the status of our profession, we note that there are continuing tensions, both within the field, and in terms of how the field is viewed by the larger world. This keynote will highlight several ways in which these tensions are currently manifest, and explore possibilities for positioning the field to maximize its impact in a world where adult education and lifelong learning matter more than ever.