These changes effectively established the WEAV as a highly significant provider for adult learners in its own right.
A more appropriate view would be that the work of the WEAV retained the idealism of providing learning opportunities for adults in spite of the move towards realism that occurred in Australia at the end of the 1920s.
The return by Badger to a definition of the worker based on their employment status had a negative effect on the WEAV.
To the WEAV on the other hand, Coates described what happened at the conference.
Following the conference and the reports made back in Melbourne, Badger tabled a report to the WEAV Council in 1941.
To add weight to the 'work' needed, Badger described the growth required in the current programs as well as indicating that adult education work must encompass a broader field of activity, something of course that the WEAV had been doing since 1920
With the adoption of this recommendation, the WEAV effectively wrote itself out of any significant future.
In regard to the article the shift in paradigm provides a valid rationale to demonstrate that there was no failure by the WEAV to deliver learning to workers.
The WEAV provided the majority of government funded adult education in Victoria between 1920 and 1939.
The WEAV was the major provider of adult education in Victoria between 1915 and 1940.
The regret was that although the WEAV had also recognised this cultural change and had modified their operations in 1920 they were not strong enough to resist a determined professional, nor against a society that valued realism above idealism.