ERIC Number: ED239029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Continuing Education Needs and Interests of Kansas Adults. A Statewide Survey. Winter 1979/80.
Central Research Corp., Topeka, KS.
A study examined the continuing education needs and interests of Kansas adults. Using a stratified and systematic questionnaire, researchers interviewed 998 Kansas adults. Based on data obtained from the respondents, the researchers concluded that 46 percent of adults in Kansas feel that they will probably become involved in adult education within the next 3 years, while only about 25 percent have done so in the past 3 years. Continuing education administrators should note that 44 percent of the adults who have been enrolled in continuing education and 30 percent of all adults cite work-related considerations as their motivating factor. Also significant is the fact that fewer than half of the respondents felt that receiving college credit would be important. The frequently mentioned barriers to participation in adult education courses, lack of free time and cost, present a persistent dilemma to continuing education administrators. Based on the numerous concerns of respondents in relation to such preenrollment concerns as the range of opportunities available and personal aptitudes and suitability to courses, it would seem that more counseling and advisory services are needed. (A detailed breakdown of the results of the survey and the project-developed questionnaire are appended to this report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Students, Adults, Continuing Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Experience, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Rural Areas, State Surveys, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas State Board of Regents, Topeka.; Washburn Univ. of Topeka, KS.
Authoring Institution: Central Research Corp., Topeka, KS.