ERIC Number: ED183726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-1
Reference Count: 0
The National Advisory Council on Adult Education: A Descriptive Analysis.
De Sanctis, Vincent; Paulsmeyer, David L.
The National Advisory Council on Adult Education (NACAE) is examined from the perspectives of various adult educators and the Council members themselves. Focus is on three areas: (1) the demographic characteristics of the thirty-seven people who have served on the NACAE since its inception in January, 1971; (2) Council member activities undertaken to meet legislative mandates; and (3) a comparison of how Council members rate their own performance with the ratings done by members of the adult education community. Questionnaires were sent to past and present Council members as well as to key adult educators, such as state directors of adult education and college professors. Based on twenty-one responses, the demographic characteristics of Council members include the following: (1) 70 percent were between thirty-five and fifty-four years old, (2) 68 percent had at least a masters degree while 34 percent possessed a doctorate, (3) income levels are above average, and (4) more than 56 percent are employed as educators. Regarding activities, Council members were unanimous in identifying advisory functions, reviewing guidelines and regulations, and working on legislative proposals as characteristic Council functions. Finally, Council members' ratings on the Council's impact were higher than those of adult educators. The implication of this last finding is that the Council members' perceived impact would be more effective if the Council and a wider base of adult educators were communicating more regularly. (EM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Advisory Council on Adult Education; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Lifelong Learning Research Conference (University of Maryland, College Park, MD, February 1, 1980).