ERIC Number: ED193466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Assessment and Meeting of Needs in Continuing Education. Reports on Education and Psychology, Nr. 1.
Benseman, John R.
This paper examines the "needs" approach as it is used in curriculum and program planning in continuing education. The paper is divided into six sections. Part 1, the introduction, examines the general issue of curriculum and program planning in continuing education, the conventional sources for curricula, and reasons for the attractiveness of the "needs" approach. Part 2 reviews the main types of needs as used in continuing education literature. After a number of the problems associated with using a needs approach in planning are discussed in detail in part 3, a model for gaining an overview of the process is suggested in part 4, and a brief case study illustrates the process (part 5). The final section considers the possible political orientations of the needs approach and reviews a framework for assessing these orientations. A bibliography is included. (The author is a New Zealander studying adult education in Sweden.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Ethics, Evaluation, Individual Needs, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Models, Needs Assessment, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Politics, Postsecondary Education, Student Needs, Values
Department of Educational Research, Stockholm Institute of Education, Box 34103, S-100 26, Stockholm, Sweden (Free)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stockholm School of Education (Sweden). Dept. of Educational Research.