ERIC Number: ED305492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Principles for Adult Education.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education.
A basic set of principles for adult education reflects what should be found in each state and local program. First, basic skills should be mastered by all students. Second, course content should be directly related to learner, labor market, and community needs. Third, partnership efforts should be expanded and strengthened. Fourth, programs must have a system that ensures accountability. If each adult education program addresses these principles, major strides will be made in responding to the needs of the U.S. economy and the individuals served. The current interest in adult education is the result of efforts of public and private groups; media support is crucial to these efforts. The national adult education program, begun under the authority of the Economic Opportunity Act, has been continued through the Elememtary and Secondary Education Act and, most recently, the Adult Education Amendments of 1988. The adult education field has also responded to findings of large numbers of functionally incompetent adults by developing and using life skills curricula. The emphasis on functional competence has also raised the issue of what literacy or illiteracy is. Findings of literacy studies indicate that by any measure or definition the number of adults in need of higher level literacy skills is large. Application of the basic principles for adult education is one key method of guaranteeing more effective programs. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education.