It is often said that adult education is becoming an occupation in search of an identity. In "Adult Education as Vocation", the author points to the dangers of pushing vocation to the margins by concentrating too heavily on technical expertise. In place of the narrowly determined focus on the characteristics and deficiencies of individual learners, the author suggests that adult educators should concentrate more on improving their own practice and understanding their own motivations. He views this as crucial for the development of a critically informed pedagogy. The author defines vocation as a thoughtful ethical commitment, vital to the teaching profession but often overlooked in an era which emphasizes upward social mobility and personal advancement. In concentrating on vocation and practical uses, "Adult Education as Vocation" adds to the debate surrounding the issues of professionalism and critical practice in teaching. As such the book should prove of interest to practitioners and academics as well as students and lecturers in adult education, community education, institutions and voluntary organizations.