England is the birthplace of the University Extension, a strategy to propose advantages of Classical University to ordinary people. James Steward is considered as the creator of the «University Extension» concept, first used by Cambridge University in 1873.

England was also the source of inspiration for the danish Folkehöjskole of Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig supported  by the King Frédéric VII, who gave him a series of three grants, and by the Queen, who later gave him one, to visit London in 1812, 1830, 1831 and 1843, respectively. (Lawson,1993).

L’Angleterre est le berceau de  l’extension universitaire, une stratégie pour faire profiter des avantages de l’université classique aux personnes ordinaires. Le créateur du concept «Extension universitaire», James Steward, l’a utilisé pour la première fois à l’université de Cambridge en 1873.

L’Angleterre est aussi source d’inspiration de la Folkehöjskole danoise de Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig «père de l’éducation des adultes en Occident»  pendant ses séjours avec trois bourses accordées par le roi Frédéric VII en 1812, 1830 et 1831, et une quatrième par la reine, en 1843 (Lawson,1993).


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The popular Education and Community Organizing Collection Annotated Bibliography

Collection de notes bibliographiques sur l’éducation populaire et l’organisation communautaire

CREAN, M., (2008), PRAXIS: Developing a popular education model in Ireland Exploring the role of ideology and popular education as part of a community-based movement for equality and social justice.

Educational Centres Association (ECA)

Founded in 1920 as the Educational Settlements Association ECA is a fully inclusive  Adult Learning organization.

Association des Centres Educatifs (ACE) fondée en 1920 comme Association Éducative ECA est une organisation d »apprentissage des adultes.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

World Association for Adult Education (1921)

British Institute Of Adult Education (1946) BIAE

National Foundation of Adult Education (1949) NFAE

BIAE and NFAE joined to become The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education:

Fircroft College

Founded in 1909 Fircroft College was originally created to provide educational opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged and excluded members of society.

Fondé en 1909, le Fircroft College était originalement créé pour offrir des opportunités éducatives aux membres déshérités de la société.