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ERIC Number: ED210135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Adult Educator in Promoting Growth in Rural Community Problem-Solving Groups.
Hay, Gloria A.; Apps, Jerold W.
Three discrete but related studies contribute to the larger research question of how adult educators can help community problem-solving group members gain new skills and compentencies as they work together on community problems. The first study addresses defining individual growth in the context of rural community problem-solving groups and identifying indicators of individual growth. The second study examines how an educator might introduce educational activities into the community problem-solving situation and how these activities influence group growth. The third study examines the relationship between certain educator personality characteristics or styles and participant growth. Data suggest individual growth and growth of the group as a whole can be realized to a greater extent when the educator deliberately works toward educational goals and is alert to attitudes and behaviors both conducive and detrimental to learning. Findings have implications for improving adult education in rural problem-solving groups and for teaching adult educators themselves. Synopses of Wisconsin case studies (six illustrating individual growth in rural community problem-solving contexts and nine illustrating the influence of adult educators on group growth) and data summarizing the relationship between adult educator's self-actualization and growth in community problem-solving groups are appended. (NEC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Citizen Participation, Community Problems, Extension Education, Group Dynamics, Group Guidance, Leadership, Leadership Training, Problem Solving, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, Self Actualization, Teacher Characteristics
Agricultural Bulletin Building, 1535 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (R3118).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.