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ERIC Number: EJ1004525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
The Economics of Adult Education
Desjardins, Richard
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n138 p81-90 Sum 2013
As the "Hamburg Declaration" makes clear, adult education (AE) is a key component of development strategies that seek to ensure the long-term well-being of nations. Yet, with few exceptions most countries systematically underinvest in AE. Of course, it is no easy task to achieve adequate investment levels that reflect an appropriate balance between costs and benefits, account for market failures, and distribute funds in ways consistent with human welfare. Apart from political will, other major obstacles involve the lack of comparable data and the difficulty in measuring the benefits of AE. In this chapter, the author assesses the state of investment in AE by summarizing worldwide approaches to financing AE, reviewing developments in the period between the 1997 and 2009 CONFINTEA conferences. He outlines some key problems and constraints and then suggest some ways educators might improve matters. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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