ERIC Number: ED246191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Benefits and Characteristics of Adult Learning in Kansas. A Survey of Participants in Non-Credit Learning Experiences.
Oaklief, Charles R.; Oaklief, Margery M.
A survey was conducted to determine the characteristics of adult non-credit students in Kansas, and the perceived benefits of their learning experiences. A total of 1,179 participants in Kansas non-credit adult learning experiences were identified from four distinct organizational groups representing Kansas adult basic education centers, business management centers, community colleges, and vocational/technical schools. Fifty percent of this sample (596 participants) returned questionnaires. The survey results showed that the majority of the participants were younger married men, while married females constituted the second largest group. Most of the sample population were under 50, while a third were under 25. Most of the learners had graduated from high school, and many had some college education. The primary motivation of those who participated voluntarily in non-credit adult learning experiences was that they wanted to learn more, expand their minds, and develop special skills. Most of the reasons for enrolling were for perceived non-economic benefits as compared to economic benefits. The highest perceived benefit of the learners was "improving interest or skill in learning more," followed by "becoming better informed about some knowledge area or subject." The four groups reported different perceived benefits. The level of satisfaction with the learning experiences increased with the number of learning experiences completed. The questionnaire is appended. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Students, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Noncredit Courses, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Rewards, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; Kansas State Board of Regents, Topeka.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan.