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ERIC Number: ED266282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-8
Pages: 9
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Eduard Lindeman's Agenda for Adult Educators.
Stewart, David W.
Eduard Lindeman's only book about adult education was published in 1926; nevertheless, it contains many insights that are still relevant today. Lindeman, who was consciously a social philosopher, had four main ideas about adult education. First, education is life--not mere preparation for an unknown kind of future living. Second, adult education revolves around nonvocational ideals. Third, the approach to adult education should be via the route of situations, not subjects. Finally, the resource of highest value in adult education is the learner's experience. Lindeman had explicit messages concerning the adult education curriculum. He would have adult educators remove all value distinctions between credit and noncredit work and would tap life situations as the starting point for adult learning. Lindeman was one of the first Americans to articulate the concept of teaching as the facilitation of learning. In the area of public policy toward adult education, it is likely that Lindeman would urge adult educators and their clients alike to prod public and private agencies to do more adult education, encourage policies to facilitate voluntary adult learning, and not encourage formal, credit-based system of adult education at the expense of informal or noncredit learning. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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