ERIC Number: ED023945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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On Behalf of Adult Education; A Historical Examination of the Supporting Literature. Cslea. Notes and Essays on Education For Adults, 56.
Cotton, Webster E.
Major pronouncements on the need for liberal adult education in a free society are examined in this review of the literature since 1919. The increasingly dynamic nature of society, the crisis in democracy and in education, the need for effective citizenship, personal growth, and creative use of leisure in a free society, and the nature of the educational process serve as points of emphasis. Two principal traditions or orientations--social reformism and professionalism--are reflected in the literature to a greater or lesser extent. The social reformers, dominant during the 1920's and early 1930's, tended to view adult education as crucial and to rely on a rational normative type of argument in their endeavor to generate broad public support. The professionals, dominant during more recent years, have tended to treat adult education as important rather than crucial and to stress the empirical approach and the institutionalization and professionalization of their field. (A bibliography is included.) (ly)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bibliographies, Citizenship, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, History, Leisure Time, Liberal Arts, Literature Reviews, Socioeconomic Influences
Syracuse University Press, Box 8, University Station, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210 ($2.00).
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Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, Brookline, MA.