ERIC Number: ED252694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Creating Lifelong Learning Communities (Conceptualizing All Social Systems as Systems of Learning Resources).
Knowles, Malcolm S.
A model is proposed for developing and implementing a community-based lifelong learning resources system. The model, which is based on systems theory, features the following sequence of activities: identifying all the learning resources in a community, incorporating information about these resources into a database, establishing a mechanism for policymaking and administration, and designing a lifelong learning process. This program design process calls for individuals to engage in a series of learning projects that involve the following elements: development of the skills of self-directed inquiry, diagnosis of learning needs, translation of these needs into learning objectives, identification of human and material resources for accomplishing the objectives, design of a plan of strategies for using these resources, execution of the plan, and evaluation of the extent to which the objectives have been accomplished. The model is suitable for use both in the United States and in developing nations. (Appended to this working paper are a list of the skills of self-directed learning, a list of competencies for performing life roles, and a graphic representation of the model.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Behavioral Objectives, Community Action, Community Programs, Data Collection, Databases, Educational Needs, Guidelines, Independent Study, Information Networks, Lifelong Learning, Models, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Shared Services, Systems Approach
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Lifelong Learning Resources System
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY, November 6-10, 1984). Working paper prepared for the Unesco Institute for Education (Hamburg, Germany, January 1983). Document contains some broken print.