Essor, chute, puis renaissance des études à temps partiel pour adultes à l’Université de Montréal

  • Scott McLean


In 1952, the University of Montréal established an Extension Service. One of the first initiatives of this service was to create a bachelor’s degree for part-time adult students. This initiative resulted in a struggle with the Faculty of Arts and, for a few years, the university prohibited the Extension Service from offering credits for its training. In 1968, the Extension Service was replaced by the Continuing Education Service. This new service quickly created approximately 50 university diplomas for part-time students, and became a faculty of its own in 1975. In 1980, one out of every six people who were studying at the University of Montréal was enrolled in the Faculty of Continuing Education. By drawing attention to these data, this paper enriches the literature pertaining to the history of adult education within the context of Canadian higher education. Based on this historical account, the paper questions the links between higher education, lifelong learning, and social inequality.

Author Biography

Scott McLean
Scott McLean is the director of Continuing Education and a professor of sociology at the University of Calgary. From 1994 to 2005, he was a faculty member in the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division. McLean’s work has ranged from teaching adult basic education to developing university extension programs in agricultural leadership and health promotion. He has published widely in the field of adult and continuing education, and has taught graduate courses in adult education, research methods, and planning and evaluation of educational programs.