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ERIC Number: ED411899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
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A Pure Theory of Lifelong Learning.
Hatton, Michael J.
Charles Tiebout's Pure Theory of Local Expenditures serves as a helpful framework in examining the emergence of the learning society, communications technologies, freer trade, and the effects these will have on the educational infrastructure. Tiebout argued that the failure of market-type systems of public good at the central government level does not necessarily mean failure at the local level. The advent of technology and an information society provides citizens with more freedom to relocate should they be unhappy with their local governments and politicians, creating competition between governments and a desire to best serve its citizens. Local governments, which are directly responsible for delivering education, must therefore provide adequate post-secondary education to increase the attractiveness of their community. In order to remain competitive, many colleges and universities have designed courses and programs for electronic delivery, via the Internet and World Wide Web. Smaller local educational institutions, however, might not benefit from such developments when in competition with larger, well known institutions, and will likely find it difficult to obtain public support. As a result, the private sector delivery of education will increase dramatically, pushing government and publicly sponsored institutions aside. This may increase the exclusivity of higher education, and, unfortunately, further hinder the path of lifelong learning. Contains 12 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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