ERIC Number: ED368890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Place of the Humanities in Continuing Higher Education. ERIC Digest No. 145.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Because of the perception that the humanities lack practical application to real problems and issues of many adults, they tend to be neglected in adult and continuing education programs/courses. In reality, the humanities can offer insight into the ways people view and interpret life's events. Several major trends in continuing education suggest a ready and eager market for program offerings in the humanities, including the trend toward physical decentralization of many colleges and universities, increasing reliance on technology, growing awareness of the global dimensions of virtually every discipline, and societal changes such as an aging population and changing lifestyles and family structures. Four general types of continuing education programs in the United States offer learners a number of options for exploring the humanities: credit and degree programs, noncredit programs, extension programs that include distance learning, and public programs. Available literature includes a number of recommendations for incorporating humanities into continuing education program offerings. Planners considering expanding humanities-related offerings must consider the culture settings of their institutions, demographics, and the goals for continuing liberal education. Gaining faculty support is also essential to program success as are collaboration and commitment at the faculty and institutional level. (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.