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ERIC Number: EJ952249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
The International Importance of a National Association
Hutchinson, Edward
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v50 n3 p580-591 Nov 2010
It is the author's experience that some of the most perplexing and time-consuming problems that face the chief executive of a National Association in Adult Education, arise out of international contacts. He thinks it is very wise that the Australian Association should give attention to the matter early in its existence. By so doing, the author opines that it can avoid some of the pitfalls and can offer creative leadership and example that may be of the greatest value in the next half century. One thing is certain--there is no established pattern of international relationships into which a new national association can fit comfortably and conveniently. There are a number of connecting strands but there is nothing approaching an organized network with a clearly discernible pattern. The author contends that it is not possible to establish a nationally representative body in adult education without the rest of the world assuming that it is a proper point of reference and contact. To make the most of this fact without falling foul of the rightful autonomies of the member bodies can be a very difficult operation. In large measure solutions have to be found ad hoc in the light of experience but a clear recognition, at the outset, that "National" and "International" are not wholly separable terms, will almost certainly ease the task. The author discusses the nature and extent of national associations and provides practical implications for a National Association of Adult Education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia