The article gives a brief survey of the history of adult education in Great Britain and shows the gradual development of the participation of British Universities in this work. It is also pointed out how remarkable has been the part played by workingclass organizations in developing this field of educational work, The influence of the working class in this field was so strong that it made itself lelt in building the foundations of the entire structure of public education in Great Britain and contributed to the establishment of a number of new British Universities.
The field of adult education covers only a small part of what is known as »further education« in Great Britain, i. e. educational care for persons over compulsory school age, a duty laid upon the local education authorities by the 1944 Education Act. The work in this field is based on traditions, which have been developed in Britain for some two hundred years. The beginnings of these traditions a reconnected with the rise of the modern working class — the factory proletariat — and the need of this class to acquire different education from that provided by the education al institutions of that period.
The individual phases of development of adult education in Britain a recharacterized and shown in relation to the social and political developments. The article shows very clearly how the class struggle is also going on In this field and how it is manifested on the one hand by the bourgeoisie trying to influence the content of educationin the courses for working people and on the other by the workers trying to preserve the independence of their educational institutions. The experiences gained by the working class of Great Britain have shown the need for unity and strong organization of the working class in the face of the self-disciplined and cunning ruling class. From the standpoint of further political development in Great Britain the working-class movement exercises considerable influence on the content of University syllabuses, study programmes, the selection of University lectures as well as on the views of University teachers .