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ERIC Number: ED303678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Trends and Issues in Adult Education 1988. Information Series No. 330.
Imel, Susan
Adult education is experiencing rapid growth as a result of social, demographic, economic, and technological factors. At the same time, it is struggling with its own maturation and development as a profession. Specific trends and issues emerge from this context, one group related to the profession and another related to adult education programs. At the heart of the issue of how and why the field should professionalize is the question of whether adult education should seek professional status similar to medicine and law or develop a new model of professionalization. A related issue is certification of practitioners. Debate concerns determination of appropriate proficiencies and of an appropriate credential and credentialing body. Emerging ethical issues include differing opinions over the establishment of a code of ethics. Another trend is the study and interpretation of adult education history. Adult learning is one of the most thoroughly investigated areas in the field. Considerable movement has occurred in access and equity and in adult literacy education, particularly as they relate to the development and delivery of programs. Access and equity issues focus on the question of who participates and what barriers deter participation. New emphases in adult literacy include policymaking and development of programs targeted to specific populations. (Includes 72 references.) (SK)
Publications Office, Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. IN330: $4.75).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.