ERIC Number: ED379249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Nonschool Education: A New Clientele and Frontier for Social Foundations.
Leith, D. Malcolm
The development of nonschool education programs, aimed at nontraditional populations such as the aged, the physically challenged, and the unemployed, has implications for the social and cultural foundations of education. First, a new clientele--namely, nonschool educators--will emerge for educational foundations. Second, nonschool educational programs will become a new frontier in the reconstruction of educational theory. A significant and growing sector of the developing nonschool educational community is employment and training. Employment and training has become a career field, complete with professional services like continuing education, associations, and publications. The career field of employment and training needs educational foundations to assure that the training programs' effect on society will be a democratic one and to produce more effective learning in these programs. Incorporating liberal learning into the programs is the key to securing these results. Foundations, too, are benefited by employment and training, when its scholars work cooperatively with employment trainers and thus expand foundations' relevance beyond schools. Employment and training focuses on three elements: work-based subject matter, alternative educational settings, and innovative procedures to meet individual needs. These elements are steps in the reconstruction of education in general, and they give credence to the concept of a more multifaceted, integrated education system. (Contains 19 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (Chapel Hill, NC, November 1994).