ERIC Number: ED340857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-17
Embracing the Obvious: Adult Education Goes International.
Cassara, Beverly Benner
International adult education can be defined as training and development of insights and values for the purpose of professional action. The frame of reference for international adult education is international understanding. Adult educators can help their students understand why they need to become literate as they examine literacy efforts in other countries and the reasons why literacy matters in various cultures. They can help adults to know themselves and the world so that they may play a responsible part. Courses in international adult education include a review and discussion of the various philosophies of adult education, the history of adult education internationally beginning with the Folk High Schools of Denmark, contributions of individual adult educators like Roby Kidd and George Aker, human geography, and educational practices of various countries. Career opportunities for international adult education graduates include training positions with the World Bank, the United Nations, the Red Cross, and other international organizations; grant writing positions with nonprofit organizations; evaluation positions with philanthropic organizations; development jobs in developing nations; and study group leadership in the United States. Adult educators can fill a great many roles while collaborating with others around the world and helping to promote a peaceful global community. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Welcoming address presented at the International Adult Education Institute (Gorham, ME, June 17, 1990).