ERIC Number: ED028374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960
Reference Count: 0
Study-Discussion in the Liberal Arts. Studies in Adult Group Learning in the Liberal Arts.
Three Liberal Arts Centers in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Whittier, California, sponsored by The Fund for Adult Education, were evaluated on the effectiveness of discussion groups in World Affairs Are Your Affairs; An Introduction to Humanities; Ways of Mankind; and World Politics. Data were collected from personal interviews with a random representative sample of participants (150), leaders (50), and directors of the test centers; by observation of discussion group meetings; and from relevant data and records at the centers. Participants were found to be atypical of the general adult population, having higher incomes, education, and occupations. The median age was 38, with 63% women, and 50% of the participants enrolling with their spouses. Interest in the subject matter, the discussion format, desire for intellectual stimulus, and educational level and prestige of the sponsoring agency, attracted participants. The programs attracted more liberals than conservatives, and group members felt others became more tolerant of opposing views, and were stimulated to continue in other educational and cultural activities. Mixed reactions were expressed to having subject matter specialists as leaders. Leaders had even a higher level of education and cultural interest, but tended to play too passive a role in discussion groups. (pt)
Descriptors: Adults, Age, Cultural Centers, Discussion Groups, Educational Background, General Education, Income, Leaders, Leadership Styles, Learning Motivation, Marital Status, Participant Characteristics, Program Evaluation
Library of Continuing Education, 107 Roney Lane, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210 ($.35)
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Authoring Institution: Fund for Adult Education, White Plains, NY.