ERIC Number: ED153658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Lifelong Learning: Alternative Education and the American Public Library.
Brown, Freddiemae E.
Three principle perspectives which serve as the basic rationales for the growth of alternative education since World War II are: (1) sociological--the altering of traditional formats of education in terms of organization, adaptation, socialization, and integration; (2) psychological--the belief that the student cannot be manipulated but is unique in his experience, potential, and growth rate; and (3) philosophical--the belief that the student performs best in situations of freedom from rules, constraints, and competition with peers. A corollary development to alternative education is the development of the concept of lifelong learning which emphasizes the ability for self-learning and utilization of all educative resources, formal and non-formal. There are implications for public libraries in this scheme: library specialists are needed to provide special learning experiences for pre-school children to promote attitudes favorable to lifelong learning; more formal coordination is needed between public libraries and alternative schools at the K-12 level; strengthened goals and increased federal, state, and local funding are needed for library adult literacy programs; and library support, ranging from the provision of requested materials to serving as community learning centers with special facilities and personnel, is needed by adult independent learners whether they are pursuing personal interests or enrolled in non-traditional degree programs. (MBR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (Detroit, Michigan, June 17, 1977)