Professor Peter Jarvis
Emeritus Professor at the University of Surrey, UK.
Peter Jarvis is Emeritus Professor of Continuing Education at the University of Surrey which he joined the University in 1976. He has been studying adult education and lifelong learning for many years and has published many books and papers on the subject, some of which have been translated into a number of different languages and some have won international prizes.

He has just completed editing The Routledge International Handbook on Learning, a companion volume to The Routledge International Handbook on Lifelong Learning which was published in 2009. In addition, he has prepared a selection of his own writings which Routledge has also published and is currently writing two books - a Philosophy of Learning and another on Reactive and Proactive Learning and he is preparing a five volume anthology of papers on learning. He has recently written a trilogy Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society which Routledge published between 2006 and 2008. In 2009 he also wrote Learning to be a Person in Society and in 2010 the fourth edition of his Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: theory and practice was published. He is also founding editor of The International Journal of Lifelong Education – now in its 30th year.

He serves on a number of other Editorial Boards. He has been honorary and guest professor in many universities in the world, including City, Nottingham and Southampton universities in UK, Pecs University in Hungary and Tianjin Radio and Television University in China. He holds a number of honorary doctorates and has received a number of other awards. He has twice won the C.O.Houle Award for Adult Education Literature from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education and is a member of the American Hall of Fame for Adult and Continuing Education. In addition he is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also the founding chairman of the Thatcham branch of the University of the Third Age.

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