Maybe it's just me, but I struggle with some of the less direct philosophies. Elias and Merriam are concise, thoughtful and comprehensive in their review of the history, key concepts and trends in the philosophical foundations of adult education. This is a great book if you need a reference that provides great detail and is understandable.
A useful reference book for those who are trying to get some idea of the philosophical foundations of adult education. The emphasis on theories limits general philosophical enquiry so the book must be approached with this in mind.
I purchased this book as a required text for a Master's degree program. The authors have done an excellent job of distilling an incredible amount of valuable material into manageable-sized chapters with a unifying, yet not stultifying framework. The authors' expertise in this field is readily apparent,and appreciated, yet they do not come across in the pompous style that tempts some experts.