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Development Education and Social Progress


by Donald Adams 1969

The challenge and the complexities of the task of fulfilling the minimum aspirations of the peoples of the less developed regions of the world are unsurpassed by those of any human endeavour except, possibly, the search for lasting peace. Since poverty is no longer considered inevitable, it has become intolerable. In the most fundamental terms, societal development is an educational process whereby people come to understand and alter constructively their relations to their natural and social environments. Schooling and the formal system of education are intricately linked with this process in which new human wants emerge and seek satisfaction; however, the precise nature and the extent of this linkage are subject to considerable speculation and more than a little controversy.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 68, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 9, 1969, p. 46-65
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19589, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 5:40:19 PM

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