ERIC Number: ED366756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
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Adult Education, Postmodernity and a Future? An Australian Experience.
In Australia, the two principal streams of emancipatory adult education have been focused on the liberal tradition of freedom from traditional social and religious constraints through learning and on having suppressed groups understand and overthrow the conditions of their oppression. Australians appear to be having difficulty coping with the 1990s--a period of radical social, cultural, political, economic, and technological change. The movement of adult education toward an ethos of personal growth has been hindered by a strong developing governmental view that education should meet government priorities for an educated work force and reduced unemployment figures. The view that suggests that education for disadvantaged people should be the only priority for spending in adult education ignores some important elements that are becoming apparent in the postmodern world. Two of those are that this is a high risk society and that the essential means of understanding the self are now changing dramatically. The vocational world is becoming inherently unstable and not only new skills but new attitudes are required to sustain coherence and stability. To price adults out of education is shortsighted and risks being highly discriminatory. Social life is also inherently unstable. Adult education gives people opportunities through which they can create and recreate their futures. Life planning is a good example of the construction of meaning through adult education. It suggests that life is about options and choices; it is about providing one's own anchors. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Dallas, TX, November 18, 1993).