ERIC Number: ED388758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-31
Discussion of International Research Needs in the Field of Adult Education.
Cassara, Beverly Benner
The international area has grown as a field of graduate research in the past 20 years. Graduate students in adult education need to become more involved in international research both to stay viable as scholars and to be able to effect positive change in the lives of people in developing countries. The four main priorities in research in adult education are as follows: women's education; peace and human rights; environmental education; and literacy. These priorities often overlap and many collaborative research possibilities exist. In searching for grants for adult education research, however, graduate students should be aware that the term "adult education" is rarely used. For example, the World Bank does not use "adult education," but it promotes adult education in many ways--literacy, teacher education, training of all kinds, nonformal education, vocational education, and human resource development. Agencies that fund research are increasingly interested in collaboration among institutions in carrying out the studies. They are also interested in funding projects that result in empowerment of people in developing countries to carry on their own adult education after the projects end. Graduate students can conduct outstanding research projects without funding and without traveling to foreign countries. There is a need to document the international projects that are being carried on; such a study could be done with resources available by telephone and online in this country. Attached is a list of international research opportunities. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Students
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Preconference of the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Kansas City, MO, October 31, 1995).