ERIC Number: ED237654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Interdependence or Independence: the Aims and Functions of Adult Education.
Sociologically, the implications of the concept of interdependence are contrary to the explicit aims of education. Interdependence implies that if changes are brought about in one social institution, then the functional interdependence of society may be destroyed. Education is seen as a means to reinforce the status quo. The aims of adult education are seen in terms of individual development and maturation, with little or no reference to the relationship of the individual with the social institutions that make up society itself. If adult education fulfills the functions of pattern maintenance demanded by the interdependence of social institutions to maintain social cohesion, then it imposes constraints upon the individual contrary to the aims of adult education. If its aim is individual fulfillment, then adult education must recognize either that society is socially constructed or that it has neglected the significance of the social constraints. However, if the aims of adult education are to perpetuate and recreate the patterns of existing society, then significant questions need to be posed about the concept of man implicit in its practice. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Independent Behavior; Interdependence
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Philadelphia, PA, November 29-December 2, 1983).