The studies contained in this volume present a sampling of policy and legislation relating to adult learning in various parts of the world. They were produced in the context of a more complete survey, under the auspices of the UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE) in cooperation with the University of Florence, which sought to identify tendencies in this field over the past few years. The international research project, under which these national studies were made, was developed under the direction of Paul Bélanger, Director of UIE, and Paolo Federighi, Professor at the University of Florence. The contributions presented here reflect a wide geographical spectrum as well as an extensive range of policy models. From these studies it is apparent that this is a field in which there has been much innovation and which encompasses markedly varying approaches in response to different national conditions. The present volume provides a broad window on to this diverse field for educational planners, policy- makers, researchers and practitioners.