ERIC Number: ED339913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Saturation Project and NAPSAE's Changing Strategies for Adult Education, 1952-1962.
Edelson, Paul J.
The Saturation Project was an innovative 3-year grant program that was planned by the National Association for Public School Adult Educators (NAPSAE) but never actually implemented. The grant was intended to be given to the McAlester, Oklahoma, school district in 1961 in order to demonstrate the contribution of adult education to the overall well-being of a community. It was envisioned that the project would make the community high school the fulcrum for all adult education in the community and increase the visibility and status of the state adult education director. However, it was decided that rather than risking the failure of one large project, it was better to spread funds over a number of communities for a 1-year period. This decision reflected a reluctance to examine a core issue: whether to advance the cause of public school adult education through grassroots politics or through cooperation with public school hierarchies. An examination of NAPSAE's changing strategies offers a way to interpret the organizational ecology of adult education during the period 1952-1962, a time when community colleges, colleges, and universities were expanding their public service missions. (31 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Programs, Educational Administration, Organizational Development, Organizational Objectives, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Proposals, Public Education, Public School Adult Education, School Districts, State Departments of Education, State Programs, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Syracuse Univ., NY. Kellogg Project.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Association for Public School Adult Educ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 14-20, 1991).