ERIC Number: ED186665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Lifelong Learning and the U.S. Congress, 1977-78.
Two years of work by the 95th Congress (1977-78) are examined with regard to programs and issues which have implications for lifelong learning as a national policy. (Lifelong learning is defined as that policy or combination of policies which contribute to and/or encourage learning by persons throughout their lives in a variety of formal and informal environments.) Topics reviewed are the Lifelong Learning Act enacted by the 94th Congress (Part B of Title I of the Higher Education Act); work-related lifelong learning (career education, welfare reform, The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act--CETA, employer tuition assistance, educational leave); lifelong learning for special groups (elderly, handicapped, preschoolers, adults, women); aid to individuals for lifelong learning (tuition tax credits); executive branch reorganization (Department of Education); renewal of education programs (community education, basic skills); and budget and appropriations. The author concludes that there is increasing recognition of the importance of providing access to learning for Americans of all ages and circumstances. Failures are attributed to a complex of political and bureaucratic factors extending into the broad realm of social and economic policymaking. Actions of the 96th Congress will be dependent, she says, on shifts in committee assignments, administration budget proposals, and the general trend toward reduction of federal regulation and spending--and on the fact that lifelong learning is not an isolated and discrete movement or interest. (JT)
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Federal Legislation, Lifelong Learning, Public Policy, State of the Art Reviews, Trend Analysis
Publications Coordinator, Institute for Educational Leadership, Suite 310, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.
Identifiers: Congress 95th; Lifelong Learning Act; United States