After viewing the podcast of Malcolm Knowles from the late 90s discussing his vision for adult education, we can now see where is visions are becoming reality in this new era of education. Knowles suggested that the predictions of the future of education would consist of numerous lifelong learners, the educational experience being enhanced due to the rapidly growing use and new forms of technology and lastly, an increase in research pertaining to learning. I would definitely say that his visions were accurate in relation to the new era of higher education today in 2017 and what it has become since the interview with Knowles.
Starting with his first vision consisting of the increased amount of adult/lifelong learners, I see this as a reality now for two reasons. One reason being that, by 2020, approximately 65% of jobs in America will require you to have some form of education beyond high school and given this estimated increase, it will be essential for more and more people to go to school in order to obtain a decently paying job (Carnevale, Smith & Strohl, n.d.). The second reason being as Knowles mentioned, things are constantly changing and in order to keep up with these changes, it is important to continue your education to stay competitive with others.
Next, Knowles discusses his vision of the growth of technology within higher education. This prediction is probably the most accurate and what has increased significantly within higher education. As I have discussed in a previous journal, online courses are becoming quite popular with over 19 million students using this form of education in 2009 (Allen & Seaman, 2010). This new technique of teaching in higher education has provided convenience for traditional and non-traditional students, making education for adult learners much more accessible.
Lastly, is the predictive growth of learning about learning. I see this vision as being an ongoing trend within higher education, not just with students but with administrators/researchers. Administrators and/or researchers will always be required to produce new and innovative ways and solutions to make the higher education process a more pleasurable, accessible and convenient experience for students. In order for administrators to do this, they must continue to learn and evolve from generation to generation so that they can learn more about the learning process.
Carnevale, A.P., Smith, N. Strohl, J. (n.d.). Recovery: Job growth and education requirements.
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Allen, I.E. & Seaman, J., (2010). Class difference: Online education in the United States.
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