ERIC Number: ED025709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Aug
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A Growth Model of Institutions of Adult Education.
Griffith, William S.
This study sought to discover a characteristic sequence of progressive developmental phases of institutions of adult education as a means of increasing knowledge of the growth process, demonstrating the similarity of such institutions, and facilitating more effective planning for those engaged in institutional adult education work. The use of quantitative data concerning programs, personnel, clientele, finances, and physical plants revealed marked similarities of patterns for five selected adult education institutions. Because of the influence of major environmental changes reflected in these quantified variables, historical reviews of the institutions were needed for correct interpretation of growth curves. Six growth stages, from genesis of the new system to accommodative steady state (maturity), were identified and described in a model of an ideal developmental sequence. The nature of an institution can probably be judged more readily with this model than by examining data from a given point in time. The model must be extended in order to be useful in interpreting changes after an institution has reached maturity. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Attendance, Doctoral Dissertations, Enrollment, Facilities, Financial Support, Growth Patterns, History, Models, Organizational Change, Organizations (Groups), Programs, Research, Statistical Data
Photoduplication Department, University of Chicago Library, Swift Hall, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (Thesis No. T-10,155).
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.