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Imagining diverse futures for adult education

QUESTIONS OF POWER AND RESOURCES OF CREATIVITY

Dr Hazel Beadle spoke to the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) which promotes and disseminates theoretical and empirical research on the education of adults and learning through networks, conferences, and publications.

The highlight of the ESREA calendar was its eighth triennial conference which, in September, was held at Maynooth University a few miles from Dublin. The focus was the theme of ‘Imagining diverse futures for adult education: questions of power and resources of creativity’.

The conference, which coincided with graduation at the University, saw a huge increase in Maynooth's usual population of 12,500. Dr Beadle, who was appointed to chair the conference's Technology, Work, and Learning stream, facilitated a debate relating to the relationship between blended learning environments and social capital - as well as an examination of the experience of engaging with online learning.

Anyone wishing to discuss Hazel's study should contact her directly at h.beadle@chi.ac.uk