ERIC Number: ED105081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
The Expanded Role of Higher Education: A Comprehensive Plan for an Adult Education System.
There are many varied and urgent needs calling for the development of a comprehensive adult education system offering a wide diversity of educational programs for adults including, but not limited to, college-level work, providing new educational opportunities, and requiring new and effective instructional approaches. Underlying the system proposed here is the conviction that American adults, like children and young people, should have an opportunity for the maximum development of their talents and abilities, and that a wide variety of learning options should be provided to make this possible. An overview of the current status of adult education shows that it consists of a large number of disjointed, uncoordinated efforts, which can be subdivided into seven distinct functional components (graduate; baccalaureate degree; associate degree; advanced, intermediate, and primary basic; and occupational), plus special interest instruction for leisure time activities. The needed new system of adult education should be based on these seven elements, and should be a State function, centralized in administration but decentralized in operation, making the maximum use of existing staff and facilities rather than replacing the existing system, as illustrated by the proposed new system for Massachusetts. (SA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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