ERIC Number: ED339823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-16
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Focus and Role of Adult Education in the Year 2000.
Adult education in the year 2000 will be shaped by two kinds of trends: trends in the general development of North American society and trends in the evolution of formal education. Canada and the United States are undergoing a major transformation that affects their economies, political systems, cultures, and social structures. This transformation is the result of the following factors: (1) the changing role of knowledge in society; (2) an ongoing revolution in communication technology; (3) increasing global economic competition; (4) ecological limits to development; (5) growing cultural pluralism; and (6) greater difficulty in finding meaning in a changing world. The major goals of education are now priorities and performance. As advanced societies recognize their economic priorities as dependent on skilled resources, economic competition and restructuring set educational priorities. To reorient education toward these priorities and to improve performance, education systems rely largely on quantitative change within the framework of existing structures and assumptions. The concept of lifelong learning does not appear to have caught on. Society continues to believe in a series of assumptions about schooling and education that need to be questioned. The vision of learning and education systems needs to be enlarged to include integration of learning policy into broader social and economic policies and creation of a learning culture. The 1990s seem to be a strategic moment for fundamental rethinking of learning for the 21st century. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Summary of an address to the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Montreal, Quebec, October 16, 1991).