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Public policy and the ‘sustainability’ of adult education

Milana, Marcella; Rasmussen, Palle; Holford, John


Marcella Milana

Palle Rasmussen

John Holford


Sustainable growth and development are intrinsically linked with the ways societal problems are thought of and addressed in public and private policy. However, at times when social and economic crises have shown the fragility of existing institutions and policies, it is important to debate how sustainability is – and could be – integrated into educational policy studies. We therefore begin by summarising the conditions under which the concept entered political debate and how it has influenced educational research. We then argue for a rethinking of its ontology: this, we suggest, can shed new light on its relationships with adult education policy and social justice.


Milana, M., Rasmussen, P., & Holford, J. (2014). Public policy and the ‘sustainability’ of adult education. Encyclopaideia, 18(40),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 23, 2016
Journal Encyclopaideia
Print ISSN 1590-492X
Electronic ISSN 1590-492X
Publisher Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 40
Keywords Sustainability, Policy, Education, Adult Education, Social Justice
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