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ERIC Number: ED076862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Pages: 9
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Educating Adults in Family Planning.
Mezirow, Jack
World Education Issues, n1 Sep 1972
The concept of adult education for family planning is examined, and a strategy for program development in developing nations is suggested. Experience suggests that learning in groups is generally the most effective means for changing attitudes and behavior, but the skills necessary for participation in learning groups outside family and neighborhood structures are rare in traditional societies. Because of the gap between understanding the need to change and actual behavioral change, educators must create learning experiences and atmosphere in which people will want to learn and change their attitudes and practices in family planning. Subtle methods in programming and communication must be used because of the special problems of family planning education. Learners must perceive the problem for themselves and feel that they can solve the problem through their own choices. The logical method of developing a program for family planning education is by introducing it into the existing adult education structure. This method has several advantages--local teachers and trainers are accepted and are apt to have influence; linkage with other educational programs is beneficial for family planning education; participants are likely to be young adults receptive to new ideas; and outsiders are more effective when their teaching competence is recognized. World Education supports the idea of creating program development centers within national universities or interagency bodies. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: World Education, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: A Rationale and a Strategy for Developing Countries