A Golden Age of Security and Education? Adult Education for Civil Defence in the United States 1950–1970

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Preston, J. 2015. A Golden Age of Security and Education? Adult Education for Civil Defence in the United States 1950–1970. British Journal of Educational Studies. 63 (3), pp. 387-411.
AuthorsPreston, J.
Abstract

A number of authors consider that the early period of US security and education (1950–1970) was in some way a ‘golden age’ where there was a prevailing societal orientation towards civil defence. This is supported, to some extent, through ‘Duck and Cover’ type activities in schools and in community preparedness efforts. This article considers whether this portrayal is necessarily correct in the case of adult education. From an analysis of previously classified historical archives in the US National Archives II at the University of Maryland, I consider the success of the civil defense adult education programme (CDAE), and earlier adult education courses, from 1950 to 1970. Rather than being a ‘bottom-up’ process, CDAE was imposed on educators directly through an executive order. There was considerable resistance to the CDAE from other areas of government, from states and from students. CDAE had limited success only so much as the Department of Health and Welfare (DHEW) was able to reconcile it with their own educational objectives. The article concludes by considering the implications of these findings for contemporary adult education for emergencies.

JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Journal citation63 (3), pp. 387-411
ISSN1467-8527
0007-1005
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/00071005.2015.1076565
Publication dates
Print04 Sep 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Oct 2015
Accepted04 Sep 2015
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
Economic and Social Research Council
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Educational Studies on 04.09.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00071005.2015.1076565
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