ERIC Number: ED366757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-20
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A Current Appraisal of Adult Education Activity in Australia with a Focus on Community-Based Education and Work among Women and Aboriginal People.
As adult education in Australia becomes a priority, emphases have changed. Structure has also changed, as traditional providers of adult education have begun to adjust to changing political, economic, and social realities. Changes in community-based education have occurred as government involvement has provided more funds and begun to encroach on the capacity of local voluntary agencies to maintain the independence of their work for and on behalf of their own communities. The seduction of targeted government funds and the reduction of infrastructure grants have begun to move community sector objectives towards the priorities of governments. Communities must maintain control to secure and develop futures for the local people. Women's studies have changed dramatically over the past 30 years. They too have been localized through the work of neighborhood houses. In fact, education available for women has greatly increased from a limited predominantly white, middle class model to a range of courses and programs suiting the needs of women from different classes, different ethnic backgrounds, and different working careers. The mainstream educational system (schooling, Technical and Further Education, and tertiary) has often failed Aboriginal people. One of the greatest challenges in the present and future must be helping the indigenous people of Australia to learn what they want to learn in a way that is suitable for them. (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 20, 1993).