ERIC Number: ED156247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-22
Reference Count: 0
The Learning Needs of Adults in Johnson County, Texas.
Hutchins, Elbert C.
The Adult Learning Project was conducted to determine the educational needs and conditions related to adult learning in Johnson County and to ascertain the attitudes of area residents toward Hill Junior College. The survey contacted approximately 1,200 adults; 576 questionnaires were returned. When results were correlated, four sample groups were identified: male and female would-be learners and male and female non-learners. Study results indicated that there was a relatively large number of would-be learners in the service area, perhaps as many as 30,000 out of approximately 50,000. Of these, about 60% would be female and 70% married. Respondents' learning interests were quite diverse: crafts, business skills, gardening, physical fitness, home repairs, religion, and investments were the most popular subjects. Most respondents hoped they would receive some type of credit for their educational experiences, and the majority of would-be learners preferred traditional learning situations. Most potential learners viewed additional education as a source of personal enjoyment and enrichment; they indicated the most important access barriers to be lack of time, cost, dislike of full-time schooling, and home and job responsibilities. The study indicated that Hill Junior College and its services are viewed favorably by area residents. Respondent demographics and a copy of the questionnaire are included. (TR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, College Credits, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Conventional Instruction, Demography, Females, Institutional Research, Interests, Males, Needs Assessment, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hill Junior Coll., Hillsboro, TX.
Identifiers: Texas (Johnson County)