ERIC Number: ED133861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
What Is Meant by Basic Education? IIEP Seminar Paper: 19.
Phillips, H. M.
This paper analyzes what is meant by basic education. The author presents six principal usages of the term that are based on the kinds of education offered and their purposes rather than on whether they take place in or out of school. Examples of the six usages are given. Variations in terminology are generally more than purely semantic or technical. Each expression is usually associated with a particular type of effort or educational stance, based (overtly or inadvertently) on certain social, economic, and political as well as educational concepts. Basic education also has civic and developmental meanings. Basic education in its civic sense can be said to be that form of education that in any given country can meet at least minimum learning needs and can also be made universal. Developmental meanings of basic education overlap with civic meanings, but place more emphasis on its contribution to vocational needs and personal development linked with daily activities. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Developing Nations, Educational Methods, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Equal Education, Literacy Education, Primary Education
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Note: A contribution to the IIEP Seminar on "The Planning Problems in Rural Education" (October 13-17, 1975) ; For related documents, see EA 009 106-111 and EA 009 113-116