ERIC Number: ED366755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-17
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Adult Education in Australia: The Council of Adult Education.
Liberal adult education in Victoria, Australia, takes its ideals, if not its form, from the pre-war university and Workers Education Association (WEA) partnerships: the university providing tutors and content, the WEA providing contact with unions and workers. Unique to Victoria is the level to which community-based adult education has been developed. Adult education is developed and administered locally by separate and independent organizations. Such centers organize their own adult education programs unique to their communities or provide government-funded programs such as literacy and basic education or job skills. Within Victoria, community-based learning centers fall into three categories: adult learning centers, neighborhood houses, and adult literacy groups. Two especially important changes in adult education are student demand for proof of attendance and commonwealth funding for research projects into adult education that raise the visibility of the sector. The Council of Adult Education (CAE), the Victorian statutory authority responsible for adult education, is unique in Australian adult education. As a very large provider of adult learning opportunities, CAE sits uncomfortably in a sector made up principally of small organizations that consider the council's considerable resource allocation as disproportionately favorable to the CAE. The CAE appears especially suited to carry out some proposed initiatives given its statutory independence and sole function of providing adult education. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Australia (Victoria)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Dallas, TX, November 17, 1993).