ERIC Number: ED287989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-21
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Embracing the Obvious.
Cassara, Beverly Benner
In large and small countries alike, adult educators can no longer be content with educating adults as though they live in a vacuum but must instead become international adult educators to some extent. This is not to say that adult educators must teach an international subject every day. What it does mean is that they must make international understanding the perimeter or frame of reference for all their professional work. International adult educators live very consciously in the world, not only in their own cities or countries, and they try to see their own countries in a world context and be aware of their own national shortcomings. This in turn brings a perspective into their classrooms that opens the minds of adults to see themselves as responsible actors on the stage of the entire planet. The rapid growth of the International Council for Adult Education is proof that adult educators all over the world have a need and an interest in knowing each other and working together in a shared vision of the role of adult education in enhancing the quality of life on a global scale. As the council's founder, Dr. Roby Kidd was aware that the vast differences between adult education in industrialized and developing nations demand more than comparison of programs in different areas. What is really needed is a commitment among adult educators to mutual understanding and the sharing of personal insights to help others solve their problems. George Aker, Helena Kekkonen, and Adolfo Perez Esquivel are other prominent internationalists in the field of adult education. They have understood the need for and worked for international cooperation in the field of adult education despite the many political, cultural, and religious differences that sometimes make cooperative efforts difficult to develop. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Differences, Educational Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Exchange Programs, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, International Education, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Responsibility
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Washington, DC, October 21, 1987).