ERIC Number: ED166799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelong Learning and the Politics of Education.
Ward, Virgil S.; Templin, Robert G., Jr.
Lifelong learning has great political and social implications for formal educational institutions. Imported from Europe, lifelong education stresses education for all ages offered at the time the learner needs the competencies being taught and supplied by the society as a whole rather than just from the schools. The forces that produce the growing need for lifelong education include the rapidity of change, psychologists' discovery of the adult need for continuous learning, and a rising percentage of middle-aged or older adults in the population. Many schools faced with declining enrollment are instituting nontraditional programs to attract adults seeking learning opportunities. Yet many lack confidence in the schools' ability to fill these needs, nonschool educational programs are proliferating, and traditional schooling is receiving a lower priority in competition for the tax dollar. It is still an open question whether school leaders will cooperate to answer the demands for lifelong education or whether they will remain disorganized and unprepared in an obsolete and marginally functional institution. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Lifelong Learning, Nontraditional Education, Political Influences, Politics, Postsecondary Education, Social Influences, Special Degree Programs
Not available separately--see EA 011 280
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Paper from "The Changing Politics of Education: Prospects for the 1980's" (EA 011 280); For related documents, see EA 011 280-309