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ERIC Number: ED391070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 36
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The University of the Third Age (U3A) Movement and Its Rise in New South Wales: In the Great Tradition of Liberal Adult Education?
Williamson, Alan
This paper begins with a brief history of the University of the Third Age (U3A), which began in France in 1972, when a professor at the University of Toulouse conducted a summer school for retired people with a program of lectures, concerts, guided tours, and other cultural activities. It identifies the defining characteristic of the U3A movement in France as its attachment to the term "university." In Britain, the U3A movement was the creation of its members who decided what was to be taught, by whom, in what ways, and at what cost. U3A was relatively late in coming to Australia. The first groups were established in Melbourne in 1984 and continued to grow and epitomize the community-based, do-it-yourself British model. Following eight pages of background, information obtained through a survey of 16 U3As in New South Wales is presented as vignettes, arranged in the chronological order in which the U3As were established. Each U3A is introduced and its regular and distinctive features are highlighted. A conclusion suggests that whether the U3A movement in Australia is in the tradition of British liberal adult education is not the real issue; the real issue is whether, as a movement whose time had come in the 1970s, U3A can sustain its momentum through the 1990s into the 21st century and beyond. It proposes that, for U3A to retain its momentum and relevance, it needs to address the related issues of broadening the membership base and forming a national organization. Appendixes include 42 references, participant list, and draft letter requesting information. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia