Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Cynthia A. Loeffler
Continuing education may be defined at the most basic level as education provided for adults after they have exited the formal education system. One learning network has extended this definition by describing continuing education as those courses, programs, or organized learning experiences that are usually taken after a degree is obtained to enhance one's personal or professional goals. As such, continuing education, an overarching term which covers a wide range of subtopics, includes but is not limited to adult literacy, workplace learning, and lifelong learning. An expansive concept, continuing education addresses the continuum of educational needs of adult learners from basic literacy, to vocational and technical training and certification, to professional development and certification in numerous fields of study. In addition, the term continuing education is often linked with adult and continuing education, signifying an acknowledgment of the significance of changing social patterns in education and the evolution and ultimate ...