ERIC Number: ED185330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Lifelong Learning: Some Challenges of the 1980's.
Peterson, Richard E.
New efforts need to be made, the author contends, by nonschool organizations as well as schools and colleges, in order to meet the challenges of community and adult education. These efforts range from serving the needs of the professional for continuing education to the basic education needs of low income and/or illiterate adults. Viewing lifelong learning as an organizational principle, a two-part typology of sources of education and learning (labeled deliberate education and learning and unintentional learning) is set forth. A subcategory of deliberate education, individually used sources, is hypothesized to account for nearly all of the 80% of adult learners engaged in "do it yourself" or independent learning identified in surveys conducted by Tough (1971) and Penland (1977). Among ten challenges proposed for the 1980's are the establishment of educational brokering agencies, the facilitation of independent learning and unintentional learning, the use of volunteers (especially the elderly) in all phases of the educational process, and seeking expanded roles for churches. Colleges are challenged to assume the leadership role in forming Community Lifelong Learning Councils, which would plan and coordinate activities designed to meet diverse learning needs in communities. (MEK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Assembly of the College Board (Biloxi, MS, February 20-22, 1980).