ERIC Number: ED230700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Educational Interests of Women over 60.
De Jong, Shirley
Educational interests of women aged 60 and over were studied, and a correlation between the respondents' ages, educational levels, marital status, as well as the number and types of educational topics they chose was investigated. The subjects' preferences as to selected program design questions were also identified. One hundred current members of a voluntary organization, the Minneapolis YWCA, completed a self-administered questionnaire. The typical respondent was Caucasian, aged 60 to 69, and had completed some college. They ranked the 13 categories of 148 top educational topics in the following order: financial security, health and physical fitness, art, personal development, life-coping skills, spirituality, the world we live in, medical concerns, household management, consumer competence, music, hobbies, and career-related topics. An analysis of the variance test found a significant difference in the interests among respondents when grouped into three age categories. The difference in the number of activities of interest was not significant for educational level groups. No significant difference existed in the number of items checked among respondents in three marital status groups. The majority preferred (1) classes with people of mixed ages, (2) fall and spring programs, (3) weekday and morning offerings, and (4) classes and lectures. (The questionnaire, some data, and comments are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota (Minneapolis); Young Womens Christian Association
Note: Master's thesis, University of Minnesota.