Foundations of Adult Education Essay

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AEIT 101: Foundations of Adult Education
In order to build any solid structure, a good foundation is required. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a foundation is “an underlying base or support, especially the whole substructure of a building, a body or ground upon which something is built” (www.m-w.com). Foundations must be durable to support the structure that is built above. For this reason, the Foundations of Adult Education course delves into various philosophical approaches to adult education and learning. Investigation of behavior theories helps the adult education instructor or trainer develop his or her approach to methods of instruction. In this foundational course on adult education, it is important to
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The Bible was the text used for education in that era. Following the Revolutionary War, there was a need for leaders to be developed to govern the new democracy.
Therefore, the need for civic responsibility superseded the religious emphasis in adult education. The concept of adulthood, actually, did not enter American society until after the Civil War (1861-1865). In colonial times, an individual reached adulthood at the ‘age of discretion.’ This was based on the English common law which was determined by principles established through a long history of judicial decisions. These resolutions were, in turn, based on the custom and values of the society which created them. The ‘age of discretion’ was 14 for males and 12 for females. Therefore, back in those days, any form of education intended for people above the ages of 12-14 was considered ‘adult education.’
Today, a 14 year old can be tried in the judicial system as an adult. One can make the decision to leave mandatory school at the age of sixteen. Voting is permitted at age eighteen. The age of legal alcohol consumption in the United States, for the most part, is 21 (although in 19 states, individuals under the age of 21 can consume alcohol legally under certain conditions). Many cultures consider puberty the entrance to adulthood. Although one’s chronological age is a key factor in determining adulthood, that age varies according to the culture. The answer to
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