ERIC Number: ED356365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Values and Policies in Adult Higher Education.
Parjanen, Matti, Ed.
This collection of four articles reflects the suspicions of adult education researchers that politicians are exploiting the positive values attached in Finland to adult education, that is, increasing adult education, while imposing tight restrictions in the form of market mechanisms. "Values and Responsiveness in Adult Higher Education" (Matti Parjanen) presents an exposition of the terms "exchange value" and "use value" as a means of explaining the relation between education and working life. It demonstrates the crucial nature of responsiveness in the development of an active society. The article shows that great cultural differences persist in Europe in the conditions for implementation of educational policy. "Values in Adult Education: Unity and Plurality" (Geoffrey Squires) analyzes the values of adult education and emphasizes the close dependence of these values on the socioeconomic climate and suggests two characteristics of the education of adults: "existential centrality" and "institutional marginality.""Towards a Single European Education Policy?" (Matti Parjanen, Reijo Raivola) addressing the European Community's (EC) plans for higher and adult education, takes the view that no normative educational plan and policy exists, and anticipates no great changes in Finland if it enters the EC. "Unity and Diversity in European Secondary Education" (Matti Volanen) predicts that principles of open structures and options and of open knowledge and skills will be important in the EC. It argues that educational needs expressed by labor markets are an insufficient indicator for educational planning. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, Change, Comparative Analysis, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Cooperation, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Influences, Values, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tampere Univ. (Finland).
Identifiers - Location: Finland