ERIC Number: ED374314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelong Learning: Thirty Years of Educational Change.
In the 1960s, most individuals engaged in adult education in Great Britain were romantics in the sense that they considered the impetus of the field to be not just to remedy deficits, make up for inadequate educational resources in the broader society, or meet new needs but also to make learning part of the process of social change itself. Self-selection was advocated as the only student selection criterion, and the number of social and recreational courses provided increased significantly. In January 1970, the British government's Inspectorate held a retreat devoted to critical analysis of the knowledge, insights, and competencies expected of professional adult educators. Such critical analysis marked a break with the liberal romantic tradition. The mid-70s also marked the beginning of a change in attitudes toward adult education that eventually evolved into a "modernist" philosophy/policy endorsing formal, work-related, instrumental opportunities at the expense of broader educational opportunities. An adult education system in which lifelong learning is incorporated into a broad educational system that is considered the focal point of individual and social development leading to a "truly learning society" has been proposed an alternative to the narrowly concentrated adult education now supported and encouraged by the British government. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Essays, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Lifelong Learning, Modernism, Role of Education, Romanticism, Social Change
Association for Lifelong Learning, Adult Education Department, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Lifelong Learning, Nottingham (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)