ERIC Number: ED389936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Early Contribution of Adult Education to the European Unification Process: The Genesis of the European Bureau of Adult Education and "Meeting Europe" Courses, 1950-1970. Research Bulletin 88.
The beginning of organized European cooperation in adult education was the focus of a research study. A brief review of earlier research was conducted. Study findings indicated that, after World War II, Europe was less influential in issues of real significance in the world, with the Soviet Union dominating Eastern Europe and the center of power shifting to the United States from Western Europe. From a cultural point of view, the war was catastrophic to Germany's heritage. Other Western European countries were also in desperate need of recovery. In May 1948, a Conference of the European Federalist Movement was held in The Hague. Its ideological foundation was a federal Europe. Two short-term goals were set: the foundation of a Council of Europe and a European Cultural Center (ECC). After failing to establish community centers, the ECC proposed an initiative for the European Bureau of Adult Education (EBAE). At its outset, EBAE intended to support European unification rather than adult education. However, a number of new national adult education associations were founded to promote activities at home and to join pan-European efforts, such as the Meeting Europe courses. The idea of furthering European unification by the means of the Meeting Europe courses was not a great success, but was noteworthy as an experiment in international education. (Appendixes include the EBAE Constitution and Meeting Europe programs. Contains 123 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Europe (West); European Community
Note: Doctoral dissertation, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada.