Labour Studies Index

Adult Education and Union Education: Aspects of English Canadian Cultural History in the 20th Century

Document type Article
Author Friesen, Gerald
Journal Labour / Le Travail
Volume 34
Date 1994 Fall
ISSN 0700-3862
Pages 163-188


The article assesses the adult education movement and union-sponsored educational and communication activities in Canada. According to specialists, adult education is as influential in social reproduction and popular resistance as the schooling of children. The British and U.S. empires exchanged positions in the shaping of English-language cultural expression in Canada. The pattern of Canadian expression was affected by changes in communications technology. The English movement has been depicted as ambiguous in character, which is fundamental to a discussion of adult education among workingpeople. The Workers' Educational Association was founded by educational and business leaders in 1918 and was expected to cultivate Imperial ties and to education worker leaders.