ERIC Number: ED178703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Some Preliminary Notes Concerning an Inquiry into the Heritage of Canadian Adult Education. Occasional Paper No. 19.
Kidd, J. Roby
As an introductory sketch to further understanding of the present in terms of the past, a conceptual framework is helpful for studying Canadian adult education. The suggested approach utilizes factors--time periods, influences, and activities, methods, programs, and organizations--to try to establish interrelationships. There were three major time periods within which influences operated: 1867-1913, 1914-1945, and 1946-1970, involving first massive westward migration, then reconstruction (after WWI) and depression, and latterly reconstruction (after WWII), establishment of new institutions and technologies, expansion of government, of universities, and of programs for adult education. Important influences included the effort to plant the institution of the folk high school (none took root, but the idea had extraordinary influence), the Social Gospel, ideas and concepts such as the "get ahead" attitude, the enormous contribution made by communications technologies which transcended geography to knit together the many parts and peoples, and the tendency for adult education to be used by the already privileged. These, inter alia, deserve to be starting points for further research. Furthermore, in an atmosphere wherein program continuance was often confused with function, the nationwide radio "forums" of the forties were discontinued without adequate assessment of their contribution. Looking toward the future, as the world undergoes its transition from industrial to post-industrial society, we can help to bring about a "learning society" through acceptance of the three-concept ethic--being, belonging, and becoming. (CP)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Canada Natives, Cultural Background, Educational History, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Historiography, History, National Surveys, Social History, Technological Advancement
Centre for Continuing Education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1W5 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (April 5-6, 1979, Vancouver)