ERIC Number: ED235349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-17
Improving the Status of Women in the Third World: A Challenge to Adult Educators.
Clark, Elmer J.
Adult educators face a challenge if they are to aid in the improvement of the status of women in the Third World. Women in developing countries, especially those in rural and poverty areas, are often restricted to second class educational and work opportunities. Adult educators could contribute to the reduction of such discrimination in the following ways: (1) particular attention should be given to the improvement of educational opportunities for women in rural areas and in areas of extreme poverty; (2) successful women educators must be placed in key administrative and teaching positions so as to raise the aspirations of women students; (3) women must be included in national development planning and in the implementation of adult education programs; (4) the objectives of adult education programs must be directed toward cultural change especially in respect to the status of women in society; (5) curricula, textbooks, and materials of instruction used in the adult education programs must be free of sex bias; (6) adult education programs must be offered at times and at places where those programs are readily available to women; (7) instructional media, easily adaptable to rural and poverty areas, can enhance the adult education programs; and (8) action research with a widely based participatory rationale concerning adult education methods, procedures, and programs should be initiated. Even with such improvements in adult education, however, changes in the status of women in developing countries will occur slowly, not as quickly as educators may envision. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Attitudes, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Educational Responsibility, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Teacher Attitudes, Womens Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (27th, Atlanta, GA, March 17, 1983).