ERIC Number: ED022080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1959
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Leaders and Leadership: Lay and Professional.
Brunner, Edmund deS.; And Others
Research in leadership is of real concern to adult educators though not much has been done by them except for studies by the Extension Service. There is considerable agreement, backed up by research, as to the qualities a leader should have--empathy, considerateness, responsibility, competence, and self-confidence. However, the role of leadership appears to vary from community to community and among institutions; and studies have shown it to operate at different levels also, with the top leaders reluctant to serve in associations below the decision making level. Studies have shown that these volunteer leaders can be trained in adult education but also educators should seek out the informal leaders, or influentials, in communities. Among professional leaders, many organizations have had educational directors who were expected to develop their own methods. The slow development of adult education as a discipline is evidenced by the fact that few universities have included it in the curricula. Many people have looked to the public school adult educators for potential leadership but they are handicapped by insecurity in the public school system; research might help chart a course for expansion of this program. Of value also would be research on variables that may influence leadership--occupation, age, educational status, cultural background, and organizational auspices. (sg)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Community Leaders, Leaders, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Professional Personnel, Research Reviews (Publications), Volunteers
Adult Education Association of the U.S.A., 1225 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
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Note: Chapter 11 in AN OVERVIEW OF ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH by Edmund deS. Brunner And Others.