ERIC Number: ED170531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Who Wants What? Lifelong Learning Centers Needs Assessment.
Donsky, Aaron P.; And Others
To examine characteristics and needs of participants and potential participants of nineteen lifelong learning centers in Lake County, Ohio, a study was conducted. Because of the great variety of agency offerings, no attempt was made to summarize or analyze results. A descriptive format was used, and agencies were encouraged to examine performance specifically and in relation to other agencies. Information was gathered to aid in bringing about joint program planning, eliminating effort duplication, sharing resource, improving community needs, knowledge, and finding effective program information dissemination means. A modified stage cluster sampling technique was used. Following mail questionnaire and telephone followup, 906 individual responses were received from a sample of 2,120 households. There were high rates of nonresponse concerning general satisfaction level and initial program information source. Responses indicated little program offering dissatisfaction, and "friends" were the most frequently mentioned information source. Education and length of residence tended to be positively associated with participation. Physical fitness, arts, crafts, recreation, and performing arts were most frequently preferred future offerings; problem-related services and humanities programs were least frequently preferred. Frequent requests for future activities, inconsistent with agencies' purposes and program goals, indicated problems in advertising the agency aims. (CSS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.
Identifiers: Ohio (Lake County)
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