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From idealism to realism: the Workers’ Educational Association of Victoria 1920‐1941

From idealism to realism: the Workers’ Educational Association of Victoria 1920‐1941 The article briefly covers the establishment of the Workers’ Educational Association in both England and Australia. The development of the Workers’ Educational Association of Victoria is discussed in the context of the work of Atkinson. The idealism paradigm as exemplified in the writings of Atkinson is described and the relationship between the paradigm and adult ducation is made explicit. The development of realism is then discussed including the role of Hancock where his conceptualisation of social class is made explicit. Next the reaction by Badger to the concept enunciated by Hancock and applied to adult education is described. The article concludes by discussing the role of Badger in seeking to remove the WEAV as a major provider of adult education in Victoria. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

From idealism to realism: the Workers’ Educational Association of Victoria 1920‐1941

History of Education Review , Volume 36 (2): 13 – Oct 14, 2007

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2007 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0819-8691
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10.1108/08198691200700010
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Abstract

The article briefly covers the establishment of the Workers’ Educational Association in both England and Australia. The development of the Workers’ Educational Association of Victoria is discussed in the context of the work of Atkinson. The idealism paradigm as exemplified in the writings of Atkinson is described and the relationship between the paradigm and adult ducation is made explicit. The development of realism is then discussed including the role of Hancock where his conceptualisation of social class is made explicit. Next the reaction by Badger to the concept enunciated by Hancock and applied to adult education is described. The article concludes by discussing the role of Badger in seeking to remove the WEAV as a major provider of adult education in Victoria.

Journal

History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 14, 2007

Keywords: Work; Education; Social class

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