Margaret Sanger 1879-1966 In a time when birth control was relatively absent, Sanger spoke out for women. She attended nursing school and it was there she realized the need for men and women to be educated. She advocated for women’s health and birth control. She founded Planned Parenthood She wrote many books and articles on birth control, sex, VD, and abortion. Her actions helped to fuel the feminist movement and she is still a prominent figure in feminism and in women’s healthcare programs. She not only spoke out, she persevered and was innovation in the area of social reform.
Sharan B. Merriam 1942-present Has an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education. She has written, co-written, and is used as a reference for many articles in the Adult Education field. She has received many awards for her research and her contributions. Dr. Merriam serves as a touchstone for many adult educators and their associated programs. Her research and the incorporation of theories she has developed has helped to improve countless programs in quality and quantity.
Unique Adult Education Programs GOODWILL INDUSTRIESMAINE COLLEGE TRANSITION PROGRAM
Goodwill Industries Goodwill has Goodwill’s’ locations Goodwill’s purpose is pupils are all ages thousands of to provide educational and come from all cities across service and trainings walks of life:the world that skills to adult with displaced workers, help millions physical, social, and under-employed, of people. economic barriers. convicted felons, have a disability, etc. “A hand Adult education can occur in all up is not a individuals regardless of race, creed, hand out!” gender, age, or ability. Every person has some form of ability and what one does with their ability determines their success in life.
Maine College Transition InitiativeThe purpose of thisprogram is to help adult Adults without thestudents across Maine necessary educationmake the transition from to become employedcommunity college to a within the state offour-year university. Maine. Over 1,300 students receive educationBy individuals looking through this programto improve employment every year. Studentsrates for former factory further their careers andworkers. find meaningful employment outside of the factory industry.
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 last 20 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 interest in lifelong learning Gives several awards to to those who contribute to the cause Purpose is to develop, maintain, and improve lifelong learning education Public educator on adult education and lifelong learning Assisted Joint Commission of Community Colleges with Tech Prep legislation Worked with National Coalition for Literacy to strengthen the continuum of adult education Very involved in influencing many key pieces of adult education legislation
The Future of Adult Education• In the future we can predict that adult education will continue to grow in the areas of forms, on-the-job- training, workshops, and community-based training.• The providers of adult education programs will have a more in-depth understanding of trends and other learning designs that will help the progression of adult education.• These progressions will help improve the overall learning experience that participants of adult education programs will have.• In the future, we all can make adult education more visible by sharing the great experiences we have had with adult education programs.• Each one. Teach one.
Individual Reflection – Christy Blanch I always thought of adult education as either supplemental learning or adults 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 – adult learning can be: By learning more about how adults learn and about what should be considered adult education, I can better understand my adult students and 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 do to help adults get back into school, and I hope I have the opportunity to continue to support them in the future. I think programs like the Maine College Transition Initiative are a perfect way to help people master the problems facing them with support from people around them. If programs like MCT were more prevalent, I think more people would be interested/less intimidated by the idea of going back to school. Working with this particular group has really broadened my own perspective, 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 can learn and grow. I have found learning about key adult educators and organizations in our history to be very interesting and enlightening. By understanding that virtually any adult engagement can be adult learning, I have grown to appreciate each and every situation where this is the case. By gaining a better understanding of the impacts of adult education on our society, I am now better equipped to understand the unique needs and learning styles of adults.
Individual Reflection –Kandace Hoosier• This course has given me a broader perceptive on the field of adult education.• Learning about the various adult education programs has shown me that there are many others in the community setting that are trying to make a difference in others lives not only in Indiana but all over the world.• This course has also showed me that in the field of adult education, at times it takes a team to get the goals of an adult education program accomplished. I am very appreciative to have had the pleasure of working in an amazing group on this semester’s group projects.