Monday, 27 March, 2017

The Adult Learner Journal

The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education

The Adult Learner is the Irish journal of adult and community education founded in the mid-1980s. It aims primarily to serve the needs of the adult education community in Ireland by providing a forum for critical reflection on the practices of teaching and learning. The journal aims to continue to make knowledge, research and writing accessible to the widest possible audience and emphasises the implications of critique for practice. The journal has a long established practice of giving priority to subject matter that addresses disadvantage, social exclusion, equality, workplace learning and the study of the teacher/student relationship. Community education, literacy, citizenship and access issues are also of importance in the journal. The journal welcomes papers which are relevant to those working across the broad field of Adult and Community Education and which make a contribution to debates both in Ireland and internationally.


The Adult Learner Journal 2016

To access a copy of the Adult Learner Journal 2016 click here

Section 1: Perspectives on Community and Lifelong Learning

Section 2: Reflections on Practice

Section 3: Book Reviews

Call for Papers 2017

Download call for Papers 2017 here.

All papers submitted undergo a refereeing process which involves at least two referees. Where contributions are accepted this may be on condition that changes recommended by referees are taken account of. We recommend contributors consider the diversity of our readership and ask that articles are written with an international readership in mind. We are very grateful for all contributions submitted and will consider each on its merits and provide feedback.

Style Guide

All papers MUST be presented in a style as outlined in the Adult Learner Style Guide, Please download here

Please note we cannot accept papers which do not conform strictly to the guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is the 27th January 2017. Please note that contributions cannot  be accepted after this date.

Please mark for the attention of:

 The Editor, The Adult Learner Journal

Please send all correspondence to Mairead Tynan, the Secretary to the Adult Learner at:

Information about the Adult Learner Journal articles review process are available here.


Latest Issue

The Adult Learner Journal 2016

Previous Issues

The Adult Learner Journal 2015

The Adult Learner Journal 2014

The Adult Learner Journal 2013

The Adult Learner Journal 2012

The Adult Learner Journal 2011

The Adult Learner 2010

The Adult Learner 2009
The Adult Learner, 2008
The Adult Learner 2007*
The Adult Learner 2005: Citizenship & Participation
The Adult Learner 2004: Adult Education: Where Are We Now?
The Adult Learner, 2003; Community Education
The Adult Learner, 2002; Partnership Ideal & Real
The Adult Learner, 2001; Acknowledging Difference
The Adult Learner, 2000; Reclaiming Common Purpose
The Adult Learner, 1999; Adult Education & The Arts

N.B. Older issues available on hard copy only.

* 2006 issue was not published.