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Invisible colleges revealed: Professional networks and personal interconnections amongst adult educators

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This paper describes some findings from a study conducted in Australia to investigate professional networks (or invisible colleges) and personal interconnections amongst university-based adult educators. The importance of such networks in personal career terms and in the development of professional cultures is analysed. The significance of conferences, e-mail and 'opinion leaders' in the formation and maintenance of invisible colleges is discussed and power relations and patterns of influence are examined.

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Invisible colleges revealed: Professional networks and personal interconnections amongst adult educators

This paper describes some findings from a study conducted in Australia to investigate professional networks (or invisible colleges) and personal interconnections amongst university-based adult educators. The importance of such networks in personal career terms and in the development of professional cultures is analysed. The significance of conferences, e-mail and 'opinion leaders' in the formation and maintenance of invisible colleges is discussed and power relations and patterns of influence are examined.