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ERIC Number: ED141528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 23
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Higher Education's Commitment to Inservice Education.
Wiens, Ben J.
A review of the literature reported during the last two decades reflects a dramatic change in the commitment of higher education to a new clientele--the adult learner. If adult educators accept the idea of continuing education, they must also accept the conceptual re-examination of the process of learning. A distinctive adult education theory has lead to the development of a new technology referred to as andragogy, defined as a process of helping adults learn, of reorganizing existing knowledge, of developing new skills, and of learning to cope with an ever-changing status in society. The adult learner has also been defined. He/she is one who knows how to identify relevant sources that are available in his/her environment, one who knows what he/she wants (or needs) to learn, and one who can see clearly the process of his/her learning. This new educational consumer will demand continuing education in ever greater volume and in more accessible form, and unless existing institutions are willing and able to deliver the goods, they may well be by-passed by other agencies. (Appended to this paper is a suggested model for implementing a geographically-dispersed continuing education program, designed to assist in visualizing the task but also the direction higher education must move to meet the need of a new clientele.) (SH)
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