ERIC Number: ED041248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
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An Analysis of the Concept, Involvement, with Special Reference to Uses Found in Ordinary Language, Adult Education, and in Empirical Research.
Snyder, Robert Eugene
This study explored varying uses of the concept "involvement" in ordinary speech, examined the concept as found in the literature on adult education program planning, and analyzed its use and validity in empirical behavioral science research. It was expected that the concept would be further clarified, thus increasing the likelihood of forming potentially useful conceptual relationships (hypotheses). First, existing contextual clues were used to derive basic meanings, which were then compared and contrasted with similar or related utterances. Use of the word in adult education most often followed the "X" involves "Y" (Type 1) model, as in the statement "Learning involves change and growth," or else Type 2 ("Harry is involved in human relations training"). Type 2 seemed to incorporate the essence of the concept "involvement" as it pertains to the program planning process. Analysis of the use of Type 2 in studies on acquisition of information, affective (attitude and opinion) changes, behavior change, development of special abilities, and arousal of emotional involvement or interest in a situation or activity, indicated that Type 2 has at least some significance in all five areas. (The document includes 51 abstracts and an extensive bibliography.) (LY)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Adult Education, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Behavioral Science Research, Bibliographies, Discourse Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Evaluation, Learning, Models, Opinions, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Research Design, Semantics, Skill Development
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis