ERIC Number: ED181230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Report of the National Forum on Learning in the American Future: Future Needs and Goals for Adult Learning, 1980-2000.
Glover, Robert; Gross, Beatrice, Ed.
This report presents the opinions of a large cross section of policy decision makers from many fields in response to three basic questions about the future of adult learning: (1) What trends will have the most impact on life in America from 1980 to 2000? (2) What societal, institutional, and personal needs should be given priority as goals? and (3) What changes are needed to alter future directions of adult learning and what groups should initiate those changes? Also reported are some respondents' forecasts of direction, rate of change, and impact of societal trends, and reactions to the goals survey in terms of present and future importance of each particular goal. The goals survey itself organizes 120 goal statements, each with its relative mean priority ranking for the present and the future, into seventeen content areas. These areas include such topics as lifelong learning, leisure, psychological health, and minorities. The summary of the general findings notes that (1) the general attitudes towards lifelong learning opportunities are extremely supportive, while (2) lowest priorities are assigned the special interests of minorities, military service, and religious organizations. The appendixes furnish a description of participants and organizations represented in the survey, directions for the survey, and a technical summary explaining methodology. (CP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Attitude Change, Change Agents, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Futures (of Society), Lifelong Learning, Needs, Needs Assessment, Social Attitudes, Social Change, Sociocultural Patterns, Surveys, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY. Future Directions for a Learning Society.