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Designing Inclusive Pathways with Young Adults

Learning and Development for a Better World

2015 - 236 pages

Judith Kearney (Griffith University, Australia), Lesley Wood (North-West University, South Africa & Griffith University, Australia) and Richard Teare (Global University for Lifelong Learning, California, USA)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463001557 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463001564 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463001571

Subject: Adult Education, Action Research, Learning

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This book is the second in a series entitled ‘Learning and Development for a Better World’ and it explores the potential for self-directed lifelong action learning (LAL) by focusing on the design of development pathways with and for young adults. The book considers the reasons why LAL pathways are needed and draws on innovative approaches used by the Global University for Lifelong Learning (including micro enterprise, peace-building, music, sport and the creative arts) with examples from nine countries. The aim is to offer a timely response to the pressing global problem of access to learning and development for marginalized young people during the vulnerable period from their mid-teens to mid-twenties.


This book is an engaging and compelling text. I enjoyed the flow of ideas and the key messages of need and solution that it provides. The authors are articulate and convincing in their crafted messages – as well as passionate. Reading this book is time well spent and both enjoyable and instructional.

Brendan Bartlett, Professor of Education, Institute of Learning Sciences Australia, Australian Catholic University


This book will help both policy makers and those working with young people to change lives. In many areas of the world, young people, particularly women, lead impoverished lives. Developing approaches to lifelong action learning with these young adults will provide hope for the future.

Emer Clarke, Formerly Area Director of the UK Learning and Skills Council


The plight of millions of young people is clearly worsening as social and economic divisions increase and deepen. This book will serve those well who want to agitate for change and reform based on a belief in social justice and equality of access to learning and economic fairness for all young people.

David Davies, Professor Emeritus and Former Executive Dean, University of Derby, UK


This book is a valuable resource, an indispensable text and a must read for all working with young people. What captured my attention most was the way in which it illustrates how access to purposeful learning and development can be provided to marginalized young people.

Eldrie Gouws, Professor, Department of Psychology of Education, University of South Africa


This is a significant and far reaching response to the global problem of young adults’ unemployment and lack of educational opportunities, especially in disadvantaged, remote and poverty-stricken communities in developing as well as developed countries. It is of interest to a wide audience of readers, including youth, parents, educators, non-profit organizations, governments and churches.

Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt, Co-author, ‘Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development: Learning and Development for a Better World’, Sense Publishers, 2013

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