ERIC Number: ED338869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Active Citizenship & Adult Learning In Inner London. Research Paper in Continuing Education Number 2.
The impact of the abolition of the Inner London Educational Authority (ILEA) on adult education in London (England) was explored. Specifically, the impact of abolition, that might support the concept and practice of active citizenship, was studied on three areas of adult education: environmental education, antiracist work, and work with voluntary organizations. Information was gathered from issues of the annual publication "Floodlight," a questionnaire sent to all 18 adult education institutions in London, and follow-up interviews were conducted. Respondents identified four ways in which adult education institutions encouraged people to be active citizens: (1) adult education as a positive social experience; (2) participation in student associations and committees; (3) the curriculum; and (4) priority groups. A generalized funding crisis in Inner London was found to be due to the abolition of ILEA and the implementation of the poll tax. The study also found increasing emphasis on job and examination-oriented courses. The amount of environmental education being conducted was so small as to be insignificant. Despite extensive work with black communities, there were outstanding questions about the success and future of these ventures. Educational work with voluntary organizations followed a number of models: community education, institutional, and community education/economic development. Further research questions were raised. (Appendixes include 17 references, data tables, and the questionnaire.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Affirmative Action, Black Community, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Education, Educational Needs, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Program Termination, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Voluntary Agencies
Continuing Education Research Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, England (2.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Warwick Univ., Coventry (England). Dept. of Continuing Education.
Identifiers: England (London); Inner London Education Authority (England)