ERIC Number: ED434995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Universities and the Future of Adult Learning. Improving Conditions and Quality of Adult Learning. 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 the role of universities in adult learning. The booklet begins with a brief overview of the conference workshop on which it is based. The following issues and challenges facing universities are considered: inequalities within universities; the need for universities to open their doors to a broader range of adults; community needs; and economic needs. The next several sections cite examples of university adult education programs in various countries and illustrate how different countries are doing the following: defining the concept of university-based adult and continuing education; redefining universities' role in view of economic and technological changes; responding to the unique needs of different groups of adult learners, including members of indigenous populations; seeking to attract more students from minority groups and to increase their emphasis on community-based learning; conducting and sharing the results of community-based research; and developing partnerships with industry and business. The examples presented are drawn from South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Norway. Concluding the booklet are overviews of the dilemmas posed for university education by economic and social changes and the need to "mainstream" university adult learning. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Community Education, Continuing Education, Definitions, Economic Change, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Lifelong Learning, Minority Groups, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Social Change, Student Needs, Trend Analysis, Universities
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; India; South Africa