ERIC Number: ED022095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The American Institute of Sacred Literature; a Historical Analysis of an Adult Education Institution.
Beck, Kenneth Nathaniel
A history of the American Institute of Sacred Literature, from its beginning in 1880 as a correspondence school of Hebrew under William Rainey Harper until its dissolution at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1948, was gathered by interview and search of primary source materials. The Institute's affiliation with other agencies through finance, personnel, clientele, program, and facilities was examined. Changes within its administration which may have stifled or encouraged growth were traced. Five phases--establishment and innovation, reorganization and adaptation, university inclusion and stability, inflexibility and decline, and retrenchment and dissolution--were revealed. Findings implied the need for continual innovation and reorganization in adult education institutions even when under stress, constant experimentation with methods and programs for adults, active advisory committees, internal training of administrators, discovery of current student needs, coordination and cooperation with other adult education agencies, and further research in religious adult education. Information on the careers of W. R. Harper and the early history of the University of Chicago are incidentally provided. (author/rt)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Biblical Literature, Correspondence Schools, Doctoral Dissertations, Hebrew, History, Institutional Cooperation, Organizational Change, Theological Education, Universities
Department of Photoduplication, The University of Chicago Library, Swift Hall, Chicago, Ill. 60637.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Institute of Sacred Literature; University of Chicago IL