ERIC Number: ED022984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1959
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Participants and Participation in Adult Education.
Newberry, John S., Jr.
Studies of participation in adult education have included study of characteristics of participants in particular types of programs, and sampling of a population or area to study participants in various types of adult education; most studies are purely descriptive. Because of the limited scope of this research, studies of social participation have applicability. Participation may be classified by the nature of the relationship (formal, informal), the organization or group (church, formal associations) or the type of activity (attendance, reading, visiting). Participation in formal associations has been extensively studied and includes primarily church membership and volunteer service in health and welfare agencies; research in informal participation indicates that it is more widespread than other forms. Relationship has been found between participation and such personal characteristics as occupational level, age, sex, family cycle, length of residence, and educational and cultural background. Dynamic factors in the relationship of the individual to the group have proved significant to participation. The great variability in patterns of participation indicates that adult education organization and methodology must be based on careful, detailed, and continuing studies of the population to be served and of existing patterns of organization and interaction. (sg)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Group Dynamics, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Research Reviews (Publications)
Adult Education Association of the U.S.A., 1225 19th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
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Note: Chapter 6 in AN OVERVIEW OF ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH by Edmund deS. Brunner And Others.