ERIC Number: EJ1146895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reflecting on the "Global Report on Adult Learning and Education" in the "Post-Truth Society"
Walters, Shirley; Watters, Kathy
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v67 n3 p228-237 Aug 2017
This article contextualizes and reviews the third global report on adult learning and education (ALE) released by UNESCO in 2016. The authors suggest that it is a visionary document, which is articulated through the bringing together of data from a range of areas that are usually kept apart. They recognize the report as a bold attempt to project what role ALE plays, or could play, within a holistic philosophy and approach to lifelong learning. They argue that given the ambitious nature of the task, and the inevitable tensions and contradictions that exist within a report of this nature, the report both fails to present a robust picture of ALE and succeeds as an advocacy document toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. They recognize that the political and pedagogical work undertaken by the third "Global Report on Adult Learning and Education" is at an early stage. Alongside this work, they argue for the importance of the broader nonformal and informal ALE, including popular education, as a means of challenging the "post-truth society."
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Education, Reports, Lifelong Learning, Popular Education, Nonformal Education, Informal Education, Holistic Approach, Advocacy, Global Approach, Authoritarianism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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