Re: Intro -- Thomas A. Lifvendahl LO15

Mr Crispin Hemson (
Sun, 5 Feb 1995 16:50:55 +0200 (SAST)

In response to Thomas Lifvendahl's question on adult education's
contribution to learning organisation, I think it is up to adult educators
to demonstrate that their own organisations genuinely promote learning
amongst their own members. If we can do that, we can speak on some
authority to others. Within our own organisation - a university
department of adult education - I brought in two young interns to explore
how internship could be used to produce adult educators. What happened is
that they certainly learnt a lot, but ran up against built-in rigidities
in the way in which people organise their work. They complained that they
would have learnt a lot more if they had not had to relate to work only
through me as the supervisor. Other staff were relatively inaccessible to
them. This is largely a function of the way universities tend to operate,
with fragmentation of knowledge, but it was a sobering realisation for me.

Crispin Hemson
Centre for Adult Education
University of Natal

Crispin Hemson
Centre for Adult Education, University of Natal,
King George V Ave, Durban, 4001 South Africa
Phone: (31) 260-2010 Fax: (31) 260-1168