The Adult Learner Journal

The Adult Learner - the only peer reviewed Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education. Founded in the mid-1980s this long established, highly regarded journal is essential reading for anyone interested in or studying about adult learning. 

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The Adult Learner, the Irish Journal of adult and community education is a valuable resource that documents the growth and development of adult learning policy and practice. It provides a forum for critical reflection on the practices of teaching and learning, giving priority to subject matter that addresses disadvantage, social exclusion, equality, workplace learning and the study of the teacher/student relationship.

Now available for the first time, all editions of the Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, The Adult Learner, from 1985 – 2017,  are available free of charge for download here

The Adult Learner Style Guide 2019

The editorial board of The Adult Learner welcomes articles and reviews from the community of tutors, educators, researchers and commentators in the field. The journal requires that authors write in academic style of referencing, the system used to acknowledge where your ideas, theories, facts, tables, graphs, quotations, and any other sources have come from.

Please Note: If you are submitting an article to the 2019 edition of the Journal you must adhere strictly to the Adult Learner Journal Style Guide, if articles do not adhere to the style guide they will be sent back to the author for amendment.

You can access a full copy of the style guide here


Dr Rosemary Moreland (Editor) University of Ulster

Ms Niamh O'Reilly (Chair), AONTAS CEO

Dr Brid Connolly, Maynooth University

Dr Bairbre Fleming, University College Dublin

Ms Nuala Glanton, Adult Education Officers' Association

Ms Deirdre Lynskey, Queens University Belfast

Mr David Mallows, University College London

Dr Helen Murphy, Waterford Institute of Technology

Dr Luke Murtagh, AONTAS Member/Maynooth University

Dr Jane O'Kelly, Dublin City University

Ms Liz O’Sullivan, Adult Education Officers' Association

Prof Maria Slowey, Dublin City University

Dr Aideen Quilty, University College Dublin

External Article Reviewers

Dr Catherine Breathnach

Dr Maja Maksimovic, University of Belgrade