UNESCO Education UIL

Centre for Adult Education (CAE), Australia

Adult Education Research Collection (AE Collection)

CAE was founded in 1947. It provides a library with an Adult Education Research Service that also hosts the national ACE (Adult and Community Education) Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse indexes and abstracts documents about adult and community education research and activities. This data forms part of VOCED, the international UNESCO/NCVER database of technical and vocational education and training research at http://www.ncver.edu.au. The CAE Adult Education Research Service provides library resources and information about the history of Australian adult education and contemporary theory and practice in adult learning. It also has extensive resources in the field of adult literacy and English as a Second Language.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Education, Educational research, Literacy, Second language instruction

User Profile:

Adult educators; administrators; policy–makers; researchers; project workers; students

Contact Information


253 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

(+61–3) 9652 0611 / 0748
(+61–3) 9654 7840
Contact person:
Peter Fraser (Library Manager)

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
Centre for Adult Education (CAE)
John Wills
Information staff:
Countries Served:
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Books and Documents:
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Methods of Data Management

Classification System
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
Library of Congress Subject Headings; ASPED Thesaurus (for VOCED Database)
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Library lending services; research advice and assistance; referral services; information and document delivery; abstracting


National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER); Australian Bibliographic Network (ABN), an inter–library loan and document location online network; Education Network Australia (EdNA), the national website for all sectors of education; ALA (Adult Learning Australia, http://www.alon.com.au)

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Challenge to link bibliographic research collections and SDI services and hands–on professional researchers; challenge to raise community awareness of the benefits of submitting documents to clearinghouse; technology constraints

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Providing online catalogue; linking their index to EdNA and ALON national educational information site journals

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

To be a node for information about research relating to Adult and Community Education