ERIC Number: ED215082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Adult and Continuing Education Research Issues.
Adult and continuing education is the most evolutionary area in education today. It is growing, both in terms of student participation and in the number and types of providers. Of the approximately 120 million adults in the United States, 12 percent (or 18 million) were involved in a formal learning experience leading to a diploma last year. Adult education is being provided by business and industry internal employee training and staff development activities, in labor unions, in professional organizations, and in community organizations. In addition, adult education is being provided by adult basic education programs (approximately two million adults served last year); and by higher education, which is making education increasingly available to adults over 25 through more flexible programs and more innovative offerings. Six major research issues can be identified as facing the adult and continuing education profession today: (1) How do we maintain research quality and relevance? (2) Who will provide funding for future research? (3) How do we keep abreast of research needs in light of continued educational, economic, social, and political change? (4) How do we establish viable research linkages within our profession, with our research colleagues in other fields, and with researchers in other parts of the world? (5) What will be the impact of future technologies on lifelong learners of tomorrow? and (6) Should continuing education be elective on the part of the individual or should it be controlled by extrinsic forces? These questions are important to the research efforts of lifelong learning researchers. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented as the keynote address to the Lifelong Learning Research Conference (St. Louis, MO, February 12-13, 1982).