ERIC Number: ED207642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Perceived Educational Needs of a Sample of the Population of the Service Area of Kirkwood Community College.
Rosberg, William H.
In 1981, a study was conducted at Kirkwood Community College (KCC) to assess community attitudes towards delivery systems and programs, such as community education centers and course offerings via telephone and television. A telephone survey was conducted of 500 residents in non-metropolitan areas of the college's service district requesting information on course-taking experience and plans; educational goals; subject interests; preferences with regard to scheduling and to on-campus, community center, or televised courses; barriers to enrollment; familiarity with KCC courses; number of family members; educational level; employment status; age; income; place of residence; and sex. Study findings, based on a 85.6% response rate, include the following: (1) nearly 80% of the respondents who planned on taking courses preferred a media-based instructional delivery system; (2) no specific disciplinary area attracted the interest of more than 15% of the respondents; (3) almost 50% of those not planning future enrollment indicated that they were "too old," while 25% indicated they would not enroll because they had completed their education; (4) those planning to enroll expected to attend part-time and desired night classes; and (5) personal growth and desire to obtain a good job were the most frequently cited educational goals. The study report reviews related literature, details methodology and results, and includes conclusions and recommendations. The questionnaire is appended. (KL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kirkwood Community College IA
Note: Ed. D. Dissertation, Nova University.