First published in 1984, this collection of essays was the first account of the development of the University of the Third Age in Britain (U3A). Changing employment patterns and increasing pressure on traditional areas of secondary and higher education has led to the idea that learning can be a life-long process. The theories of U3As in Britain, their development under the influence of European models, and the major influences on them are analysed. The authors argue that the consequences of social change and the economic, social, political, sexual and racial inequalities that exist are often reinforced by the inequalities in our educational system. A comprehensive title, this book will be useful to any students with an interest in adult and continuing education.
Part I. The General: Background and Development 1. Universities of the Third Age: English Version Eric Midwinter 2. The Education of the Elderly in Britain Peter Laslett 3. Contemplating the Development of Universities of the Third Age Michael Philibert 4. The International Perspective for U3As David Radcliffe 5. Self-Help Learning and its Relevance for Learning and Development in Later Life Paula Allman 6. Major Influences on U3A Development: A. The Community Education Movement John Rennie B. The Mutual Aid/Self-Help Movement Michael Young; Part II. The Particular: Case-Studies of British U3As 7. The University of the Third Age: Nationwide Dianne Norton 8. The University of the Third Age in Cambridge Vernon Futerman 9. The Third Age Project in Devon Frank Watson 10. The University of the Third Age in Saffron Walden John Jones and Joyce MacElroy 11. The University of the Third Age in Lancaster, Morecambe and District Keith Percy; Index