A Glance at the Future

The final part consists of two chapters designed to facilitate some thinking about the future for self-direction in learning. Chapter Twelve, A Way of Life Revisited, describes the activities in one day for members of a fictional family in the year 2005. In many ways, we may have been even conservative in thinking about all the ways our lives will be affected during the next 15 years. Certainly technology will play a part in promoting many changes, but the point of the chapter is to describe how we believe learning, most of it self-directed in nature, will become built into most fabrics of our daily living.

The final chapter, Thirteen, presents some conclusions and recommendations derived from the previous chapters. For example, we believe an important role for adult educators must become promoting self-direction in learning among all adults. We also present several recommendations related to theory, research, and practice.


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