ERIC Number: ED030058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Community Structure and Participation in Adult Education. ARDA-Canada Land Inventory Project 49009, Special Study, 3.
Dickinson, Gary; Verner, Coolie
An investigation was made of certain structural characteristics of a small, isolated rural community (Pemberton, British Columbia) that might influence participation in adult education. Existing night school courses were mainly in vocational training, domestic sciences, and recreational activities. Although over half of the 158 males interviewed were interested in further education or job training, courses bore little relationship to expressed needs and interests. Variables significant to participation included the following: younger age groups (15-34); larger numbers of children; local birthplace and kinship ties; residential patterns (including distance from night school); father's education; uncertainty as to adequacy of job skills; educational interest; and activity in formal organizations. Conclusions were drawn as to the educational needs of farmers and businessmen, restrictive effects of distance on participation, and the influence of long-time residents on existing course offerings. (The document includes 14 tables and 15 references.) (ly)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Age Differences, Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Distance, Educational Background, Educational Needs, Evening Programs, Family Status, Investigations, Males, Parent Background, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Residential Patterns, Rural Areas, Social Relations, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Faculty of Education.