ERIC Number: ED123431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-27
Reference Count: 0
European Adult Education Yesterday and Today: Some Questions Worth Pondering.
Carlson, Robert A.
Key government advisers in Europe today are asking what is so important about this so-called "higher life" that it should be allowed to stand in the way of more "relevant," more "appropriate" adult education--adult education that meets the "real needs" of the people, needs that are defined almost exclusively by the planners as economic and material needs. No matter how hard one tries to make distinctions among the terms "continuing or lifelong education,""education permanente," and "recurrent education," they have become the catch-words of competitive bureaucracies, each seeking leadership in what appears to all of them to be Europe's new growth industry in education--adult education in behalf of economic and material prosperity. European adult educators, in general, would appear to be accepting the trend as inevitable although some are quite reluctant about it. When one hears all these good words and the promises of progress through innovation in adult education, I think it would be wise for Europeans and North Americans alike to ponder longer and harder than they have as yet done. For, make no mistake, the issues confronting Europe are confronting us today in North America. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a Graduate Colloquium Seminar at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, April 27, 1976