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ERIC Number: EJ952247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Agenda for a National Association
Duncan, W. G. K.
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v50 n3 p557-566 Nov 2010
It may be salutary to remember that the new Australian Association had a predecessor (in the Federal Council of the W.E.A.) to acknowledge its achievements and to probe for the causes of its eventual failure. Within the first five years of its existence, the W.E.A. Series had brought out no less than seven creditable works. Most of them were modest in scale, all of them unimpressive in appearance. But, remembering the limited, non-affluent market for which they catered, and the heavy lecturing and administrative burdens shouldered by their authors, one can appreciate the courage and the "sense of mission" that must have informed the adult education movement in those days. With bigger staffs nowadays, and a wider, more affluent market--surely here is an immediate challenge to the new-formed Association. Just what are the most urgent problems, demanding the immediate attention of the Association and its executive officers, it would be presumptuous for the author, as an outsider, to say. But there are plenty of important tasks with which it could, and the author hopes eventually will, concern itself. In this article, the author discusses the need and the agenda for a national association. Although the national association will press for increased financial assistance for its own work, the author argues that it will also contribute ideas and proposals concerning educational policy as a whole. The author believes that the problem of schools can never be solved in isolation.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Policy, Professional Associations, Position Papers, Organizational Objectives, Institutional Mission, Institutional Role, Institutional Characteristics, Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Organizational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia