ERIC Number: ED348517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Adult Education: The Way to Lifelong Learning. Fastback 334.
Apps, Jerold W.
The adults who participate in classes, workshops, and other learning opportunities are as diverse as the kinds of programs in which they enroll and the reasons for which they enroll. Adult learners are multifaceted, appreciate flexibility in teaching strategies, and want a say in what they will learn. These purposes for adult education are evident: (1) to help people acquire tools for physical, psychological, and social survival; (2) to help people discover a sense of meaning in their lives; (3) to help people learn how to learn; and (4) to help communities provide a more humane social, psychological, and physical environment for their members. Providers of adult education can be divided into four categories: tax-supported agencies and institutions; nonprofit, self-supporting agencies and institutions; for-profit providers; and nonformal learning opportunities. Some trends and issues that the field of adult education faces in the years ahead include the emerging learning society, quality concerns, adult illiteracy, and influence of information technology. (32 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Objectives, Learning Motivation, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Workplace Literacy
Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($1.25; members: $1).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.