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THE CONCEPT OF LIFELONG EDUCATION: A SURVEY AND ANALYSIS OF ITS DEVELOPMENT AND CONTEMPORARY STATUS IN THE LITERATURE OF ADULT EDUCATION
Whether hailed as an ideal basis for the total reorganization of education or condemned as a malevolent plot for the manipulation of mankind, lifelong education has generated much interest but has remained imperfectly understood and frequently misinterpreted. The intent of this study was to survey and analyze the literature concerning lifelong education for the purpose of contributing to the clarification of the concept and to the process of developing a common cause and goal for adult education. Significant contributions to the literature were identified and analyzed to reveal major themes concerning the interpretation and implementation of lifelong education. The analysis directed attention to the definition of lifelong education, its origins and characteristics; its necessity; strategies for implementing and financing; and limitations and sources of opposition. The study found that lifelong education is most often regarded as a supporting system for lifelong learning which encompasses all activities of an educational nature, with an ultimate goal of universalization of self-education. Its objectives involve successful adjustment to life; all-round development of the person; and establishment of an equitable society. There is no single definition and no general agreement as to whether lifelong education is a philosophy or a practical strategy. Statements supporting the need for lifelong education were found to be based primarily on accelerating change in society and the inability of the present system to provide education sufficient to last a lifetime. Obstacles to implementation were identified as inertia, resistance to change, motivation, and expense. Opponents were likely to regard lifelong education as an attempt to expand compulsory schooling for the purposes of exploitation and control. This study has revealed some significant areas of agreement among proponents, but many questions remain. The possibility of full implementation of lifelong education is regarded as remote, and it is suggested that lifelong education might best be interpreted as a source of direction and purpose and an ideal toward which society should strive.
Adult education|Continuing education
WILSON, JOYCE NORENE, "THE CONCEPT OF LIFELONG EDUCATION: A SURVEY AND ANALYSIS OF ITS DEVELOPMENT AND CONTEMPORARY STATUS IN THE LITERATURE OF ADULT EDUCATION" (1987). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI8715859.