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McConnell-Imbriotis, Alison – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2001
Format, graphics, and content of print materials for people with diabetes were analyzed. The materials do not encourage proactive self-direction, the information is not contextualized, and diabetes is not presented as systemic. More flexible and inclusive formats and media, use of analogies, and more diversity were recommended. (47 Contains…
Descriptors: Diabetes, Health Education, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials
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Dale, Moyra Buntine – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2001
An ethnographic study of adult literacy classes in Egypt depicted rote recitation, copying, and dictation as forms of ritual that maintain social order. A sequence of framing, modeling, practicing, performing, and evaluating was followed. Focus was on correct performance rather than interpretation, comprehension, or critical evaluation. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Arabic, Competency Based Education, Foreign Countries
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Quinn, Petrina – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
An electronic survey of 200 distance education students and data from phone calls to the course coordinator found that online environments enhanced knowledge acquisition, confidence in subject and technology use, and communication skills. Conditions that maximize learning included practical content of online discussions, supportive environment on…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communication Skills, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Environment
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Brown, Tony – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Lifelong learning has evolved from the UNESCO concept in the 1960s-70s of democratization through education to the 1990s' economic competitiveness arguments. Current economic and social conditions demand a broader conception that encompasses changes in work, technology, and demography and environmental sustainability. Focus should shift to…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Education
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Kaman, Julienne; Harris, Geoff – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
University of Papua New Guinea students (n=23) who took a 1-semester peace studies course were compared with 23 who were studying politics. Only peace studies students significantly changed their critical thinking and values. (SK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Harrison, Leslie – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Informal adult educators in an Australian rural community (n=31) viewed their characteristics and commitment to teaching as varying according to purpose and context. The study suggested that differences in informal teaching are influenced by the lack of externally imposed criteria and other institutional constraints. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Education
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Deissinger, Thomas – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Germany's Dual System of apprenticeship and training has been criticized for obsolescence and social segmentation. Some advocate a more flexible approach to improve training programs. Although new types of training are emerging, the lower end of the qualifications ladder is being neglected. (Contains 60 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Job Training
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Burstall, Janet – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Analysis of three Web discussion forums concerned with social change (Znet, Youth Forum Online, Commie Love) identified factors conducive to online learning communities. Interaction was higher when discussion involved peers and the host acted as an equal. Online discussion might benefit groups that face obstacles to communication. (SK)
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Interaction, Listservs, Social Change
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Sumner, Jennifer – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Adult educators can support communities in search of sustainability by helping them resist globalization and build civil capital (community action that blocks or challenges unsustainable activities). Grounded in life values, civil capital can form the basis of a civil society. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizen Participation, Community Development, Role of Education
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English, Leona M. – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Discusses implications of Whitehead's process thought (the primacy of becoming/process over being/product), especially in terms of relationship building and recovery of mind and heart in teaching. Suggests how a process approach to adult religious education can offer a more inclusive vision of spirituality. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Philosophy, Interpersonal Relationship, Religious Education
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Clark, Terry – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Analysis of current discourse about lifelong learning as the key to economic and social development suggests that its ability to enhance democracy is being compromised. Communities should reclaim lifelong learning for the purpose of the greater public good rather than private profit. (Contains 31 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Democracy, Discourse Analysis, Lifelong Learning, Public Policy
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Findsen, Brian – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2000
Reviews the development of a certificate in adult education for teachers in New Zealand, including issues related to the ideology of neoliberalism. Presents issues involved in the termination of the program and new directions for the training of adult educators. (Contains 21 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Educational Certificates, Foreign Countries
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