ERIC Number: ED271585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Current World Trends in Adult Education.
Adult education is now seen as an integral part of lifelong education. Adult education has become an instrument of policy that helps forward the goals of social and economic development. In many countries, adult education is being used to promote a greater sense of community and understanding across cultural and ethnic divisions. The tasks of adult education have been defined as development of vocational skills, improvement of the quality of rural life, and activation of civic responsibility. Although policymakers identify women as a target group of adult education, women are not often involved in policy decisions. Throughout the world, a great debate about the value of literacy education and its relationship to social and economic development, especially that of women, is beginning to emerge. Skepticism about policymakers' emphasis on target groups is also becoming evident. Because of the development of women's movements, women are beginning to ask for new types of training, including vocational training for nontraditional jobs and women's studies programs that revalue women's place in human history and enable women to revalue themselves. (Appendixes to this report include the definition of adult education that was adopted by the UNESCO general conference in 1976 and a diagram of a model for overcoming barriers to adult development.) (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Adult Education--New Trends in Education and Occupations of Women (Haifa, Israel, April-May 1985).