ERIC Number: ED204531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Adult Education Life Coping Skills Participants: A Rural Maine Case Study of Adult Needs, Interests and Motives.
Wilson, Deborah Krichels
A project ascertained needs and interests of adults in the community in the area of life coping skills by conducting an evaluation of former students at H.O.M.E. Learning Center in Orland, Maine. Forty completers and forty drop-outs from a low income, rural sample were interviewed using a non-directive interview approach that focused on past needs met and suggested future topics for courses. Participants completed Bosher's Education Participation Scale and Rotter's Scale of Locus of Control. Responses to the Education Participation Scale were factor analyzed and a one way analysis of variance was carried out to test the null hypothesis of no difference between groups of completers and dropouts. Seventeen demographic variables considered concerned age, sex, family make-up, education level, occupation, and participation or drop-out influences. Findings were that completers were significantly older than noncompleters, were significantly more likely to have high school-age children, had a significantly higher level of education, and were more likely to have completed academic courses if they had completed a Life Coping Skills course. Completers were significantly more likely to enroll in a Life Coping Skills course for social contact reasons. There was also a strong trend for completers to enroll for reasons of cognitive interest more than noncompleters. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Dropouts, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Case Studies, Dropout Characteristics, Educational Background, Educational Research, Influences, Interviews, Learning Motivation, Low Income Groups, Participant Characteristics, Rural Areas, Student Characteristics, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Needs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Life Coping Skills; Maine (Orland)
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Maine.