ERIC Number: ED253696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
German Adult Education and the New Technology.
Although adults in Germany see positive benefits coming from the introduction of new technology, especially computers, they also fear that the technology will bring about more control of their work and private lives. They also dislike the perceived dangers of dehumanization that computers could have on society. Adult educators in Germany see two main principles of adult education in regard to the new technology. The first principle is the fundamental goal to democratize the access to every sort of information and knowledge; that is, to open to everybody the way to all the information wanted. The second principle is to satisfy the interests and mental needs of the people as broadly as possible; that is, to adjust adult education to the development of as many abilities of human beings as possible. The evolution of television has reduced human beings' primary perceptions of the world while increasing their secondary learning. Another task of adult education could be to increase individuals' primary learning by making adult education increasingly self-directed, with the teacher as facilitator rather than lecturer. One way to increase the self-directedness of adult education would be to use the new technology--computers--for adults to direct their learning experiences. Although the hardware for such tasks is available, software is not; ideas for such software should be forthcoming. It is necessary to continue to examine the expectations of adult education to continue to serve the needs of human beings in a world of increasing technology. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Germany
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Louisville, KY, November 1984).