ERIC Number: ED198251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-5
Reference Count: 0
The National Advisory Council on Adult Education in ABE Policymaking.
De Sanctis, Vincent; Paulsmeyer, David L.
A study was conducted to determine the perceived impact of the National Advisory Council on Adult Education on policy making in adult basic education (ABE), and incidentally, to examine the role of federal advisory committees. After a review of the literature, two questionnaires were developed and sent to past and present Council members and several categories of adult educators who were thought to be familiar with the Council's activities. These educators included state directors of adult education, professors of adult education, past presidents of several adult education professional associations, and members of the professional staff of the U.S. Office of Education's Division of Adult Education. In addition, some interviews were conducted. Analysis of the data generated indicates that division staff, state directors, and some professional groups are more likely to be familiar with the Council and rate the Council higher on its impact and the utility of its reports than some other groups or faculty members. The data show that constituents' perceptions form a clear-cut pattern: degree of familiarity with Council, utility of Council reports, and degree of Council impact. This pattern does not extend to include the same degree of agreement about characteristic functions of the Council. These findings suggest that an advisory council may be able to maintain support because of its constituents' familiarity with staff, purpose, and members rather than through its activities. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Advisory Council on Adult Education
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Annual Conference (St. Louis, MO, November 5, 1980).