ERIC Number: ED115181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Recurrent Education: A Model for the Future of Adult Education and Learning in the United States.
Zeigler, Warren L.
Recurrent education, as developed in the past four or five years in a number of European countries, is seen as a process of formal, full-time, for credit instruction for adults beyond the age of compulsory schooling in which participation was supposed to take place during intermittent periods throughout the adult working life-span. This would include provisions for reciprocal entrance and exit between recurrent education and work experience. The central feature is the emphasis on formal instruction for credit that leads to certificates of completion recognized in the society as credentialling the student to perform occupational or job-related functions in a production and service economy. While there is serious doubt about the desirability of recurrent education as a sutstitute for higher education, adult education, or adult learning, the metaphor of recurrent education can be used to teach us something about alternative social meanings available for the future of postcompulsory education. After examination of the implications of the concept of recurrent education, it is found that the future of adult education and learning is not best served by the recurrent education model imported from Europe. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Educational Policy Research Center.