ERIC Number: ED028327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
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Characteristics of Noncredit University Extension Students.
Dow, June Barth
Characteristics of noncredit University Extension enrollees of 1964 were studied further to explore Houle's typology of the continuous learner. A structured questionnaire composed of 47 items was presented to 24 participants in interview sessions. It was found that most participants did not fit Houle's classification of being activity-oriented; a few fitted the category of being learning-oriented; and none were goal-oriented learners. Course content was the most important determinant of enrollment, although there was more motivation to seek insight and understanding than facts. Participants read and appreciated nature in leisure time; sought interpersonal relationships supportive of their quest for personal growth through learning; were little influenced by peer's opinions or criticism; and did not use self study, correspondence instruction, or mass media for educational purposes. Group interaction in extension programs was not valued for the social experience but was perceived as an aid to achieving synthesis of knowledge. (author/pt)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Comprehension, Course Content, Doctoral Dissertations, Extension Education, Group Experience, Independent Study, Intellectual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Learning Motivation, Leisure Time, Mass Media, Noncredit Courses, Participant Characteristics, Peer Relationship, Psychological Characteristics, Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.
Note: Ed. D. Thesis.