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ERIC Number: ED054404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Pages: 59
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Some Adult Educational Elements in Ancient Eastern Education.
MacGregor, Norman
The existence of adult educational elements in acient India, China, Judea, and Arabia is demonstrated in this paper. Hindu and Buddhist adult education is discussed first, followed by Chinese adult education, Jewish adult education, and Islamic adult education. Conclusions of the study on which this paper reports are: (1) the existence of the human thirst for knowledge is demonstrated anew; (2) the effect of the religio-philosophical bases on the educational systems' workings is shown; (3) the motivating role religion plays in human learning is apparent; (4) small-group methods, personalized instruction, and a friendly learning climate were used in ancient times; (5) the ancient life-cycle could be adapted by modern adult educators to preserve the advantages of detachment and freedom of thought during the senior years; and (6) adult education in the ancient cultures was adjusted to the daily life pattern of the people so that every eligible person would be eligible to participate. From this study, modern adult education can ascertain what a force for peaceful social transformation and individual growth adult education has been and can continue to be. (DB)
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Identifiers: Arabia; China; India; Judea