ERIC Number: ED265389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Adult and Non-Formal Education in the Third World: A Jamaican Perspective. Monographs on Comparative and Area Studies in Adult Education.
Gordon, Hopeton L. A.
There are more than 70 different organizations in Jamaica engaged in some form of adult education, from university extension and professional career and skills training to social education and basic literacy. Programming for adults is currently available in the following forms: training for out-of-school youth, basic adult education and literacy training, the arts and culture, instruction delivered via the mass media, church-provided instruction, management and administrative training, and continuing education for professional personnel. As in other developing nations, adult education in Jamaica is viewed primarily as a tool for development that constitutes the main agency for social change. Compared with many other Third World countries, Jamaica lags behind in adult education at the university level. Extensive coordination efforts are necessary to remedy the currently fragmented nature of adult education services. Improvements are especially needed in the areas of lifelong learning, teacher education for adult educators, development of a mass education movement, and adequate training in the area of management development. Perhaps the most important task facing adult education in Jamaica is to convince Jamaicans that matters of science and technology are not beyond the grasp of Third World nations and that Jamaica's subsistence-level working population can indeed become a part of a modern industrializing state. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Change Strategies, Church Programs, Continuing Education, Cultural Education, Delivery Systems, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Management Development, Mass Media, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Out of School Youth, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, School Role, Youth Programs
Centre for Continuing Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 2A4 ($15.00, Canadian dollars).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.; International Council for Adult Education, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica