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Counselling training in higher education in the United Kingdom: challenges and opportunities for research (2018)
Journal Article
Joseph, S., Murphy, D., & Holford, J. (2018). Counselling training in higher education in the United Kingdom: challenges and opportunities for research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 18(4), (387-394). doi:10.1002/capr.12189. ISSN 1473-3145

Many Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the United Kingdom (UK) now offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in counselling. However, counselling is a relatively new and developing profession only beginning to nurture a future generation of re... Read More

“Life-changing things happen”: The role of residential education in the transformation of adults’ learning and lives (2018)
Journal Article
Clancy, S. L., & Holford, J. (2018). “Life-changing things happen”: The role of residential education in the transformation of adults’ learning and lives. Education and Training, 60(6), (620-636). doi:10.1108/et-03-2018-0069. ISSN 0040-0912

Purpose: This paper aims to examine the implications for adults of learning in a residential context and whether the residential aspect intensifies the learning process, and can lead to enhanced personal transformation, moving beyond professional ski... Read More

Adult education under a comparative lens: areas of influence (2018)
Book
Holford, J., Milana, M., & Rasmussen, P. (2018). Adult education under a comparative lens: areas of influence. In A. W. Wiseman (Ed.), Annual review of comparative and international education 2017Emerald. doi:10.1108/S1479-367920180000034009

This chapter outlines key areas of literature and policy that have influenced or affected our research on the comparative study of adult education. Policy influences include the growth of lifelong learning within a neoliberal framing since the 1990s... Read More

The Palgrave international handbook on adult and life-long education and learning (2017)
Book
(2017). S. Webb, M. Milana, J. Holford, R. Waller, & P. Jarvis (Eds.), The Palgrave international handbook on adult and life-long education and learning. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-55783-4

This Handbook provides a wide-ranging frame of reference for researching adult and lifelong education and learning. With contributions from scores of established and newer scholars from six continents, the volume covers a diverse range of geopolitica... Read More

Local and global in the formation of a learning theorist: Peter Jarvis and adult education (2017)
Journal Article
Holford, J. (2017). Local and global in the formation of a learning theorist: Peter Jarvis and adult education. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 36(1-2), doi:10.1080/02601370.2017.1299994. ISSN 0260-1370

Peter Jarvis is a towering figure in the study of adult and lifelong education and a leading and original theorist of learning. This paper sets out his intellectual and professional biography, maps the main contours of his work and introduces fourtee... Read More

The misuses of sustainability: adult education, citizenship and the dead hand of neoliberalism (2016)
Journal Article
Holford, J. (2016). The misuses of sustainability: adult education, citizenship and the dead hand of neoliberalism. International Review of Education, 62(5), doi:10.1007/s11159-016-9591-4. ISSN 0020-8566

‘‘Sustainability’’ has a captivating but disingenuous simplicity: its meanings are complex, and have political and policy significance. Exploring the application of the term to adult education, this paper argues that a particular discourse of ‘‘susta... Read More

The role of adult education and learning policy in fostering societal sustainability (2016)
Journal Article
Milana, M., Rasmussen, P., & Holford, J. (2016). The role of adult education and learning policy in fostering societal sustainability. International Review of Education, 62(5), doi:10.1007/s11159-016-9588-z. ISSN 0020-8566

The idea of “sustainability” as a core value has slowly permeated policy and practice at governmental and institutional levels, in public and private policy. However, at times when social and economic crises have revealed the fragility of existing in... Read More

Vocationalism varies (a lot): a 12-country multivariate analysis of participation in formal adult learning (2016)
Journal Article
Boeren, E., & Holford, J. (2016). Vocationalism varies (a lot): a 12-country multivariate analysis of participation in formal adult learning. Adult Education Quarterly, 66(2), doi:10.1007/s10649-014-9540-8. ISSN 0741-7136

To encourage adult participation in education and training, contemporary policy makers typically encourage education and training provision to have a strongly vocational (employment-related) character, while also stressing individuals’ responsibility... Read More

The lost honour of the social dimension: Bologna, exports and the idea of the university (2014)
Journal Article
Holford, J. (2014). The lost honour of the social dimension: Bologna, exports and the idea of the university. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 33(1), doi:10.1080/02601370.2013.873210. ISSN 0260-1370

In important respects, European ideas of the university have spread across the world. The principal ‘philosophical’ statements on which this idea of the university is based (Humboldt and Newman) assumed the people inhabiting universities — as student... Read More