Gender and Adult Learning (2006)

A Review of the State of the Field of Adult Learning

This report, commissioned by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), is part of a series examining aspects of adult learning in Canada.

The authors searched databases, websites, print literature and journals, and conference proceedings, and sent emails to researchers in the field of adult education and women. With some exceptions, the search was limited to the 10-year period leading up to 2006.

Based on their research, the authors identified three areas of strength: the growing body of knowledge in the areas of feminist theory, immigrant women, workplace education, technology and education, and community development and adult education; the relevance of much research to community-based agendas; and the trend toward more concentrated research programs, which bring together and direct the research agendas in Canada.

The document also outlines five major challenges and new directions: gaps in the knowledge base, especially regarding Aboriginal peoples, disabilities, rural women, and sexual identity; the de-politicization of the term gender to the point where it is difficult to identify it as a primary category of analysis; the lack of connection between researchers and policy-makers; the need to encourage further collaboration with the community; and the need to develop and maintain a centralized website that could bring together all the resources, sites, centres, and information on gender and education.

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Leona English, Kerrie Kennedy, Catherine Irving and Tina Davidson. Gender and Adult Learning 2006. Web. 6 Feb. 2023 <>
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