Margaret Sanger1879-1966 In a time when birth control was relativelyabsent, Sanger spoke out for women. She attended nursing school and it was thereshe realized the need for men and women to beeducated. She advocated for women’s health and birthcontrol. She founded Planned Parenthood She wrote many books and articles on birthcontrol, sex, VD, and abortion. Her actions helped to fuel the feministmovement and she is still a prominent figure infeminism and in women’s healthcare programs. She not only spoke out, she persevered and wasinnovation in the area of social reform.
Sharan B. Merriam1942-present Has an Ed.D. in Adult and ContinuingEducation. She has written, co-written, and is used as areference for many articles in the AdultEducation field. She has received many awards for herresearch and her contributions. Dr. Merriam serves as a touchstone for manyadult educators and their associatedprograms. Her research and the incorporation of theoriesshe has developed has helped to improvecountless programs in quality and quantity.
G O O D W I L L I N D U S T R I E SM A I N E C O L L E G E T R A N S I T I O NP R O G R A MUnique Adult EducationPrograms
Goodwill IndustriesGoodwill haslocationsthousands ofcities acrossthe world thathelp millionsof people.Goodwill’s purpose isto provide educationalservice and trainingsskills to adult withphysical, social, andeconomic barriers.“A handup is not ahand out!”Goodwill’s’pupils are all agesand come from allwalks of life:displaced workers,under-employed,convicted felons,have a disability,etc.Adult education can occur in allindividuals regardless of race, creed,gender, age, or ability. Every personhas some form of ability and what onedoes with their ability determinestheir success in life.
Maine College Transition InitiativeOver 1,300 studentsreceive educationthrough this programevery year. Studentsfurther their careers andfind meaningfulemployment outside ofthe factory industry.The purpose of thisprogram is to help adultstudents across Mainemake the transition fromcommunity college to afour-year university.Adults without thenecessary educationto become employedwithin the state ofMaine.By individuals lookingto improve employmentrates for former factoryworkers.
Tennessee Technology Centers Founded in 1963 by the Tennessee General Assembly Part of the state’s higher education system 27 regional centers Completely adult-focused in 1993 Purpose is to train adults for jobs Healthy balance of cohort and Montessori style Programs are based on clock hours, but typically last20 months at roughly 20 hours per week Very high graduation and placement rates Considered a national model
Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations Established in 1973 National organization for groups with a common interestin lifelong learning Gives several awards to to those who contribute to thecause Purpose is to develop, maintain, and improve lifelonglearning education Public educator on adult education and lifelong learning Assisted Joint Commission of Community Colleges withTech Prep legislation Worked with National Coalition for Literacy tostrengthen the continuum of adult education Very involved in influencing many key pieces of adulteducation legislation
The Future of Adult Education• In the future we can predict that adult education willcontinue to grow in the areas of forms, on-the-job-training, workshops, and community-based training.• The providers of adult education programs will havea more in-depth understanding of trends and otherlearning designs that will help the progression ofadult education.• These progressions will help improve the overalllearning experience that participants of adulteducation programs will have.• In the future, we all can make adult education morevisible by sharing the great experiences wehave had with adult education programs.• Each one. Teach one.
Individual Reflection – Christy Blanch I always thought of adult education as either supplemental learning oradults going back to school, but always as formal education. I had very little knowledge of adult learning. Reflecting on what we have learned, I realize the field is broad – adultlearning can be: By learning more about how adults learn and about what should beconsidered adult education, I can better understand my adult studentsand reach out to them. I have already done this in the MOOC I teach.
Individual Reflection – Kristin Walsh I personally didn’t realize how much organizations like Goodwill doto help adults get back into school, and I hope I have the opportunityto continue to support them in the future. I think programs like the Maine College Transition Initiative are aperfect way to help people master the problems facing them withsupport from people around them. If programs like MCT were moreprevalent, I think more people would be interested/less intimidatedby the idea of going back to school. Working with this particular group has really broadened my ownperspective, and hopefully I’ve been a help to them as well!
Individual Reflection – Rob Mathews I had no idea adult education was such a broad topic area. I now see adult education as virtually any setting where adults canlearn and grow. I have found learning about key adult educators and organizations inour history to be very interesting and enlightening. By understanding that virtually any adult engagement can be adultlearning, I have grown to appreciate each and every situation wherethis is the case. By gaining a better understanding of the impacts of adult education onour society, I am now better equipped to understand the unique needsand learning styles of adults.
Individual Reflection –Kandace Hoosier• This course has given me a broader perceptive on the field ofadult education.• Learning about the various adult education programs hasshown me that there are many others in the community settingthat are trying to make a difference in others lives not only inIndiana but all over the world.• This course has also showed me that in the field of adulteducation, at times it takes a team to get the goals of an adulteducation program accomplished. I am very appreciative tohave had the pleasure of working in an amazing group on thissemester’s group projects.
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