ERIC Number: ED340834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education: A Focus for the Social Sciences. Series 170.
Draper, James A.
This book presents an adult educator's perspective on the social sciences and the goal and vision of adult education. Adult education is defined as a social science and as a field of practice based on a unique body of theory and knowledge. The discovery of meaning through relevant research is discussed. Various barriers that prevent people from participating in education or in society are examined. The misunderstanding that many people have about motivation is considered, especially the tendency to blame an educational program's failure to do well on the intended learner group's "lack of motivation" rather than on the program's questionable relevancy to that group. A discussion on selecting words with meaning suggests that the words and concepts used convey the values held; these in turn influence the way in which learning is organized. The point is made that perceiving learning as synonymous with living and viewing learning as a lifelong process have profound and far-reaching implications. The meaning of adult education as a social science and its similarities to other social sciences are then discussed. A discussion of agencies, in India and internationally, that apply the knowledge comprising adult education and with which adult educators cooperate and work is included, and networking with the social sciences is addressed. A discussion of the expanding role of universities in adult education includes a section on the dissemination of knowledge through extension. The need for relevant and alternative approaches to research is addressed, with some attention given to kinds of collaborative research that the social sciences may undertake. (97 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Developing Nations, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Research Needs, Role of Education, Social Sciences, Universities
Indian Adult Education Association, 17-B Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi 110002, India ($2.50).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indian Adult Education Association, New Delhi.
Identifiers - Location: India