This chapter joins a growing dialogue about factors that marginalize academic departments of adult education (Imel, Brockett, and James, 2000;Milton, Watkins, Studdard, and Burch, 2003). We will address two factors. First, pressure is increasing to garner extramural research funding. And second, other fields have taken the research lead on profound and complex adultlifespan learning issues, such as chronic or life-threatening health conditions. To illustrate these issues, we will describe an interdisciplinary…
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