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ERIC Number: ED031241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-9
Pages: 30
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Adult Education in the Community Colleges.
Williams, Robert G.
The role and extent of adult education in community colleges were examined in this paper. The literature indicated no common definition of adult education except that it involves lifelong learning. One source identified five forces causing adults to seek further education. They are: basic education, degree objective, occupational training, homemaking education, and avocation and geriatric courses. Unfortunately, development of adult education programs at community colleges is often frustrated by such factors as resistance by those presently controlling evening adult schools, apathy resulting from the usually limited offerings of vocational or college credit courses, and the problem of defining the community's needs. There is considerable variation in the offerings of adult education programs at community colleges; some offer only regular, credit courses while others offer non-credit, short and/or special-interest courses as well. One aspect of these programs currently being developed is community service, which attempts to solve problems of both persons and organizations by involving both college and community resources. It was concluded that, while the community college is the institution best suited to meet the challenge of adult education, most colleges are primarily concerned with the transfer function, and thereby prevented from developing their unique and innovative role in the lifelong learning of the community. (MB)
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Note: Seminar paper