Don't Mourn, Organize: A Response to Scott McLean


  • Tom Nesbit Simon Fraser University



In the Fall 2007 issue of CJUCE, Scott McLean reviewed and analyzed the public claims made by university continuing education (UCE) units about the purpose of their work. He hoped that his survey would promote informed reflection and dialogue about these purposes and generate debate about the future direction of UCE in Canada. This article takes up that challenge and suggests ways in which we might rekindle some of the earlier passion and commitment to a broader and more explicitly social orientation.

Author Biography

Tom Nesbit, Simon Fraser University

Tom Nesbit is associate dean of Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University. A former trade-union official, he has worked as an adult and con- tinuing educator in Great Britain, Sweden, the United States, and Canada. His research interests include social class, workers’ and workplace education, adult numeracy, and the institutional provision of lifelong learning. He is editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.

Tom Nesbit est doyen associé des Études permanentes à l’Université de Simon Fraser. Antérieurement cadre syndical, il a travaillé comme éducateur aux adultes et en éducation permanente en Grande Bretagne, en Suède, aux États-Unis, et au Canada. Ses intérêts de recherche comprennent la classe sociale, l’éducation des travaillants et en milieu de travail, la capacité au calcul des adultes, et la provision institutionnelle de l’apprentissage continu. Il est rédacteur en chef de la Revue canadienne pour l’Étude de l’Éducation des adultes.






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