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ERIC Number: EJ932715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
The Influence of the Knowledge Society: Trends in Adult Higher Education
Kasworm, Carol
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v59 n2 p104-107 2011
Current understandings of a knowledge economy have been emerging from two defining forces: the rise in quality and intensity of knowledge as a key commodity for economic development and the increasing globalization through information technology of both knowledge exchange and economic activities. The future of adult higher education is focused on this knowledge-based economy growth and specifically of the role of adult higher education in the development and diffusion of new knowledge under the broad framework of lifelong learning. This new era of global economies and information society has refocused and expanded the leadership role of adult higher education to become a pivotal contributor to this new global environment. In this essay, the author will highlight three key trends in global adult higher education in this new environment of the knowledge society. These trends include: (a) creative contextual learning for initial and continuing workforce enhancement, (b) digital age providers: importance of cyclical access and ubiquitous participation, and (c) knowledge creation through critically reflective engagement: learning for continuous change. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A