ERIC Number: ED290931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
International Perspectives on Adult Education. Information Series No. 321.
Knox, Alan B.
Adult continuing education practitioners in the United States can improve their planning and decision making by developing an understanding of major societal influences on their programs. One way of understanding local influences is to learn about such influences on educational programs for adults in other national settings. This monograph is intended to illustrate the uses to which conclusions about societal influences can be put when making local planning decisions. The utility of an international perspective on the following seven decision areas is explored: planning, participation, campaigns, staffing, clientele, pluralism, and higher education. The section on strategic planning analyzes societal influences on agency functioning and on the service area, including social trends and client interests in six major regions of the world. Societal influences that deter participation in educational activities by hard-to-reach adults and that affect program priorities are examined. Selected societal characteristics associated with successful literacy programs are covered in the section on planning literacy campaigns. The section on providing professional development activities for adult education practitioners compares the contributions of providers, associations, and universities in various regions of the world. Examples of collaborative efforts that have been established in Europe, Canada, and Australia are provided. Each section includes implications for practitioners in the United States. Appendixes list journals with articles on adult education, methods of comparative analysis, and promising sources of comparative social indicators. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Continuing Education, Cultural Pluralism, Decision Making, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Educational Planning, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Government Role, International Cooperation, International Education, Lifelong Learning, Nonformal Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Rural Education, Social Influences
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Publications Office, Box F, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. IN321--$6.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.