Mapping the Field of Adult & Continuing Education: An International Compendium is a co-publication with Stylus publishing and the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). The core editorial team for the compendium is comprised of Alan Knox, Simone Conceição, and Larry Martin.

The purpose of this Compendium is to encourage use of a major reference work based on mapping the knowledge base of the adult and continuing education field. This resulting compendium is a much needed contribution to the professional development of practitioners and scholars in the field of adult and continuing education.

The compendium provides a thematic organization of concepts that explain important aspects of adult and continuing education including theory and practice for comparative analysis of content and sources from other countries. This compendium is available in print and electronically.


This compendium will be an excellent resource for multidisciplinary scholars, graduate students, and scholarly practitioners. The compendium articles will be relevant to research and practice in many segments of the adult and continuing education field. The preparation and use of the compendium emphasizes inquiry and active learning.


The compendium has been enriched by international advisors and authors from various segments of the field of adult education. They contributed to the articles’ perspectives. The knowledge and experience of authors enabled them to provide excellent, concise, and creative explanations of concepts, related publications, examples, and suggested guidelines.