ERIC Number: ED114540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Why Teach the Humanities to Adult Basic Education Students?
Mocker, Donald W., Ed.; Jones, William C., Ed.
The publication contains an article on curriculum selection in adult basic education (ABE), three presentations on the humanities and ABE, and a concluding commentary. An introductory article, "Criteria for Selecting Curriculum in Adult Basic Education" by Donald Mocker, emphasizes the need for broader criteria for selection of ABE curriculum. Three papers, authored by educators of diverse backgrounds, address the question of what is basic in the humanities and why this must be included as part of the ABE curriculum. The papers, presented as part of a 1975 "town meeting," are: "Why Not Teach the Humanities to ABE Students?" by H. Bruce Franklin, "The Humanities in ABE: A Means of Achieving Productive Individuality" by Carmen Rodriguez, and "The Humanities: A Brief View of Potential Power" by Walter Bradford. The commentary on the three addresses is by William Jones. The authors stress that there are individual rights to full development of human potential and that human potential can best be understood through the humanities. The articles call for ABE learners to demand that they be given an education which nurtures cultural and ethnic pride. Objections are raised toward institutional goals of ABE and the narrow conceptualization of ABE and the adult basic learner. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri State Committee for the Humanities, Jefferson City.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Kansas City. Center for Resource Development in Adult Education.