ERIC Number: ED367849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Optimism and Joyful Irreverence. The Sixties Culture and Its Influence on British University Adult Education and the WEA.
A British research project investigated the influence of 1960s culture on adult education by surveying 340 people who started work in university adult education or the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) during the period 1965-75; 87 responded. The questionnaire examined the extent to which these people brought aspects of the 1960s political culture with them into adult education and whether this political culture influenced their attitudes to their work and their expectations of what they might achieve through the medium of adult education. It explored their views on the purpose of adult education, their adult education priorities, their opinions of the 1973 Russell Report, and the extent to which a commitment to socially purposive adult education brought them into conflict with their employers or paymasters. Findings showed they brought their cultural baggage and their attitudes with them into the world of university and WEA adult education. They tended to be a socially mobile meritocracy, risen into the ranks of the middle class by virtue of their education and/or professionalization. They were overwhelmingly "Guardian,""Observer," or "New Statesman" readers and had imbibed the sixties radical intellectual culture. They tended to be center-left, politically active, antiestablishment protesters. They believed the world could and should be changed for the better. Their reasons for coming into adult education were quite mixed and not always clearly planned. (Contains 49 endnotes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Baby Boomers, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, England, United Kingdom (5.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain; 1960s