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Professor Peter Jarvis, Advisor


Peter Jarvis is a former head of the Department of Educational Studies, University of Surrey and is a former Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Adult Education, University of Georgia, USA. He holds honorary visiting professorships in City University (UK), Pecs University (Hungary) and Tianjin Radio and Television University (China). He is also a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham. He has received a variety of academic honours, such as: being President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE) in the year 1999 - 2000; the Cyril O Houle World Award for Adult Education Literature from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education; on two occasions; the Comenius Award - International ESVA Foundation (Outstanding Adult Educator in Europe - First Holder); he was also the first non-North American to be elected to the International Hall of Fame of Adult and Continuing Education in USA, which is located in University of Oklahoma. 

Qualifications: BA (Sheffield), BD (London), MSocSc (Birmingham), PhD (Aston), D.Litt (Surrey), HonDPhil (Helsinki), D.Univ (Hons) (Pecs), DSc (Hons) (City University), D Univ (Hons) (Hellenic Open University) FRSA, DEd (Hons) (Fairfax) but later discovered that the university was not accredited to award doctorates!

Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

Adult Education in a Small Centre: A Case Study, University of Surrey, Department of Educational Studies (1982); Professional Education, Croom Helm (1983); Adult and Continuing Education: Theory and Practice, Croom Helm (1983); The Sociology of Adult and Continuing Eduation, Croom Helm (1985); Sociological Perspectives on Lifelong Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Georgia, Department of Adult Education (1986); Adult Learning in the Social Context, Croom Helm (1987); International Dictionary of Adult and Continuing Education, Routledge (1990); Paradoxes of Learning, Jossey-Bass (1992); Adult Education and the State, Routledge (1993); Ethics and the Education of Adults in Later Modern Society, NIACE (1997); The Practitioner Researcher, Jossey-Bass (1999); Learning in Later Life, Kogan Page (2001); Universities and Corporate Universities; The Lifelong Learning Industry and Global Society, Kogan Page (2001); Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: Theory and Practice, RoutledgeFalmer (2004); Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning (Lifelong Learning and Learning Society), Volume 1, Routledge (2006); Globalization, Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society: Sociological Perspectives, Volume 2, Routledge (2007); Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning, Volume 3, Routledge (2008); Learning to be a Person in Society, Routledge (2009); Teaching Learning and Education in Late Modernity, Routledge (2012).

Co-authored books:

The Teacher Practitioner in Nursing, Midwifery and Visiting, Croom Helm (1985); The Human Resources Development Handbook, Kogan Page (1998); The Theory and Practice of Learning, Kogan Page (1998).

Edited books:

Twentieth Century Thinkers in Adult Education, Croom Helm (1987), Britain: Policy and Practice in Continuing Education, Jossy Bass (1988); Perspectives in Adult Education and Training in Europe, NIACE (1992); The Age of Learning, Kogan Page (2000); Theory and Practice of Teaching in a Learning Society, Kogan Page (2001); From Adult Education to Lifelong Learning, RoutledgeFalmer (forthcoming).

Co-edited books:

Training Adult Educators in Western Europe, Routledge (1991); Adult Education: Evolution and Achievements in a Developing Field of Study, Jossy Bass (1991); Adult Education and Theological Interpretations, Krieger (1993); Developments in the Education of Adults in Europe, Peter Lang (1994); International Perspectives on Lifelong Learning, Kogan Page (1998); Adult and Continuing Education: Major Themes since the Enlightenment (5 Volumes) with Colin Griffin, Routledge (2003); Human Learning: a holistic approach, Routledge (forthcoming); Living Learning and Working, Palgrave (forthcoming).

Selected Journal article:

PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, VOL 20 2011, 37-50. 20th Anniversary Volume Adult Education and the Changing International Scene: Theoretical Perspectives.

Editors and Chair of Boards of Editors:

He is founding editor of ‘The International Journal of Lifelong Education’. He is also Chair of the Board of Editors of ‘Comparative Education and he serve on a number of other editorial boards in Europe, Asia and the USA,

Professor Jarvis books, papers, presentations and talks have been translated into more than twenty languages.