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Athabasca University

Dr. Bruce Spencer

Abbreviated C.V.

Present position:

Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University.
Undergraduate Program, Human Resources and Labour Relations. MAIS Adult Education Stream Steward.

Previous posts include:

1984/90 Lecturer (assistant professor equivalent), University of Leeds, Department of Adult Continuing Education.
1976/84 Workers' Educational Association, Industrial Tutor.


  • 1992 University of Leeds, IR/Labour/Education PhD
  • 1976 University of Warwick, Industrial Relations MA
  • 1971 London External, Economics BSc (Econ)
  • 1968 Edge Hill College, Education (Liverpool Uni.) Cert Ed

Books, Pamphlets and Editions:

The Purposes of Adult Education: An Introduction (Third edition co-authored with Elizabeth Lange), Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2014. (First edition 1998, Second 2006.)

Work and Learning: An Introduction (co-authored with Jennifer Kelly. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2013.

Contexts of Adult Education: Canadian Perspectives (Edited with Tara Fenwick and Tom Nesbit), Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2006.

Unions and Learning in a Global Economy: International and Comparative Perspectives (Ed.), 180pp., Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2002.

Learning for Life: Canadian Readings in Adult Education, (Edited with Sue Scott and Alan Thomas), Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 1998.

Remaking the Working Class? An Examination of Shop Stewards' Experience, Nottingham, Spokesman, 1989.

(with M. Stinson) Equal Pay, 1968-1989, London, WEA - Studies for Trade Unionists, 1989.

Editor Industrial Tutor from Vol 4 (4), 1986, to Vol 4 (10), 1989.

(with J. McIlroy) Univeristy Adult Education in Crisis, University of Leeds, Leeds Studies in Adult Education, 1988.

Post-War Trade Unionism: Its Role and Significance, London, WEA - Studies for Trade Unionists, 1987.

Adult Education with the Unemployed, (Editor) Dept. of Adult & Continuing Education, University of Leeds, 1986.

Selected Recent Articles and Chapters:

  • Workers and Union HRD: Seeking Employee Voice and Empowerment (with Jennifer Kelly) chapter in Routledge Companion to HRD, edited by Rob Poell, Tonette Rocco and Gene Roth. 2014. New York: Routledge.
  • Workers' Education for the 21st Century chapter in Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education 2010 Edition, Ed. by C Kasworm, A. Rose and J. Ross-Gordon. 2010. Los Angeles: SAGE. pp. 253-262.
  • Learning at Work and in the Union chapter in Learning/Work: Turning work and learning inside out, Ed. by L. Cooper and S. Walters. 2009. Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council Press. pp. 296-308.
  • Re-Learning at Work: Understanding the HR Corporate Connection in Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, Vol. 21, No 1, 2008. pp. 47-61.
  • The Present and Future Challenges of Labour Education in the International Labour Office publication Labour Education 2007/1-2, No. 146-147 pp.11-17. Also printed in Spanish and French.

Bruce Spencer Ph.D.
Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

Athabasca University
Athabasca, AB, T9S 3A3, Canada
Phone (780) 675 6347
FAX (780) 675 6338

Updated December 17 2014 by Students & Academic Services

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