ERIC Number: ED237386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Public Opinion Studies: Low-Cost Methods for Soliciting Perspectives of the Public and Special Interest Groups.
Knop, Sheila A.; And Others
Described is a project studying adult education policy in Colorado which suggested that skepticism about opinion studies is unwarranted and that thoughtful judgments regarding complex matters can be solicited at low cost from members of the public and special interest groups, without heightening potential for conflict or risking unreasonable expectations. Project objectives were to identify adult learning and education issues of statewide concern, describe solutions to problems identified, collect and publicize supporting data useful to policy makers as they make policy choices and decisions, and promote dialogue among education organizations, citizens, and policy making bodies about adult education. Data were collected from people representing diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of knowledge about Colorado adult education through opinion polls, personal interviews, two-staged mailed questionnaires, and a working conference. Findings showed a high degree of agreement about the nature and priority of the state's education problems between education groups that often must compete for limited funds, and among educator and citizen respondents. Included are tables showing comparative costs of three project opinion study methods and the ranking of three opinion study methods by associated costs. Appendices contain the two survey questionnaires, descriptive findings and the conference program. (RM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Conferences, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Interviews, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Research Methodology
Sheila A. Knop, 2608 Avocet Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526 ($3.20, checks must be payable to the University of Colorado at Boulder).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Denver. Colorado Lifelong Learning Project.
Identifiers: Colorado; Opinion Polls; Special Interest Groups
Note: Paper presented at the Political Science Section of the Western States Social Science Association Silver Anniversary Meeting (Albuquerque, NM, April, 1983). For related document, see SO 015 075. Appendices may not reproduce well due to small type.