Bryson says, “Adult education includes all activities with an educational purpose, carried on by people, in the ordinary business of life who use only part of their energy to acquire intellectual equipment.”
So what is adult education? So many adults are returning to the classroom that the term “adult education” has become somewhat confusing. Adult education, as the term signifies, is the education of grown-up people who are above eighteen years. As per Wikipedia, Adult education is about making changes in our attitude, knowledge, behaviour, skills and thinking process as well as productivity. These changes allow the adult learner to become confident in learning as they are making the decision to further their education. Adult education in the widest sense can be any form of learning that adults engage in beyond traditional schooling. In the narrowest sense, adult education is about literacy, about adults learning to read the most basic materials. So adult education encompasses everything from basic literacy to personal fulfillment as a lifelong learner, even the attainment of advanced degrees.
Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways. One of the most important and significant difference being that adults have accumulated knowledge and work experience which can add to the learning experience. Another difference is that most adult education is voluntary, therefore, the participants are generally self-motivated. Adults frequently apply their knowledge in a practical fashion to learn effectively. They must have a reasonable expectation that the knowledge they gain will help them further their goals. Adult education can take place in the workplace or even at their homes. Other learning places include community colleges, colleges and universities, libraries, and lifelong learning centers. Furthermore, adults with specifically poor reading skills can obtain help from volunteer literacy programs. Further the purposes of adult education may vary. One of its goals may be to help adult learners satisfy their needs and achieve their goals. Therefore, its ultimate goal might be to achieve human fulfillment. The goal might also be to achieve an institution’s needs. For example, this might include improving its operational effectiveness and productivity. A more large-scale goal of adult education may be to further the growth and progress of society by enabling its citizens to keep up with societal change and maintain good social order.
The slogan”Each one, teach one” must prevail and be rendered to. Hence Adult Education must be taken with utmost importance to eradicate illiteracy and ignorance from our nation