ERIC Number: ED330289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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An Historical Investigation of the Infancy Years of University Extension at a Mid-Western Institution.
An historical analysis of the University of Wyoming's infancy years of university extension revealed that the institution established its extension program in 1891, approximately 4 years after the establishment of the university, and was among the pioneers in developing such programs in the United States. Historical evidence has also indicated that the university took a situation approach in its philosophy regarding the education of adults, providing courses to fit their specific needs, and allowing them freedom of choice in what they wanted to learn. In addition, the university considered the varied responsibilities of the adult learners in arranging times and places of instruction. Local extension centers were also organized in several towns. Unit course lectures, consisting of six lectures on a given subject, were offered with the traveling expenses of lecturers as the only costs involved to the adult learners. It is concluded that although the concept of lifelong learning was not used, the concept of continuing education was a reality in the planning procedures of the university. Researchers are encouraged to explore the history of extension at other universities in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the role played by American universities in providing off-campus educational opportunities during their earlier years. (LPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Wyoming
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 3-7, 1991).