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These are competencies for performing life roles from the book  Adult Learner: a Neglected Species by Malcom Knowles, the grandfather of adult education, published in 1972.  Sorry…did a bad job scanning this.

According to Knowles, these roles require a different set of skills, attitudes, and values from those of traditional classroom teachers, and so a process of retraining of teachers would be required to put the system into operation.  Resource people would function  like teachers since they would be content specialists.  But they would be working with proactive rather than reactive learners, so their content resources would be used differently from those of traditional teachers.

What would a model of a life long learning resource system look like today?