ERIC Number: ED434994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Minorities and Adult Learning: Communication among Majorities and Minorities. Adult Learning and the Challenges of the 21st Century. A Series of 29 Booklets Documenting Workshops Held at the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg, Germany, July 14-18, 1997).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
This booklet, which was produced as a follow-up to the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education, examines communication among minorities and nonminorities in adult education programs. The booklet begins with a sketch of the situation of minority group members around the world and a list of 10 ways education policy and legislation can advance minority rights. Discussed next is the importance of allocating resources for education so that the different levels of need and different barriers in areas are taken into account. The importance of recognizing minorities' learning systems is underscored. The following are among the eight recommendations for adult learning by and for minority communities: (1) include minority knowledge, culture, language, religion, lifestyle, and history in curricula in a manner promoting mutual respect and understanding between communities; (2) recognize the role and value of minorities' traditional out-of-school learning processes; (3) link educational activities with minorities' local economy, geography, and demography; (4) teach through different media; and (5) promote minorities' participation in an active learning environment. Concluding the booklet are lists of six elements of intercultural learning, nine formal and informal methods of intercultural adult learning, and three areas of follow-up in adult learning. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Change Strategies, Civil Rights, Classroom Techniques, Community Education, Conventional Instruction, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Learning Processes, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Resource Allocation, State of the Art Reviews, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Note: For other booklets in this series, see CE 079 178-206.