ERIC Number: ED185296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-9
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Continuing Education and Leisure Time Utilization of Urban Adults.
Veres, Helen C.; Carmichael, Mary Margaret
A study surveyed New York City adults to collect information covering six major areas: background information, past participation in continuing education activities, expressed learning interests, obstacles to and preferred conditions for participation, and potential for utilization of counseling and advising services for adults. The survey interview instrument was developed by staff of the Institute for Research and Development in Occupational and Continuing Education at Cornell University. Adults studied were categorized by activity in educational activity: little, some (potential), some (present), and high. Findings indicated that (1) the majority felt they have spare time; (2) participation in educational activities was ranked tenth among twelve options for leisure time; (3) adults ranked educational activities as fourth among activities they would pursue if they had more time; (4) those who would spend additional time on education are generally more interested in vocational and academic subjects than are other adults; (5) six out of ten adults are not involved in educational activities in a typical week, over one-half of them have never done so, and they are more likely to be male, older, and have less formal education; (6) adults who indicated the high level of regular involvement have the most formal education; and (7) barriers to learning indicated by adults with little time include child care and home and family responsibilities. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Inst. for Research and Development in Occupational Education.
Identifiers: New York (New York)
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Boston, MA, April 9, 1980). Small type in the tables will not reproduce well.