ERIC Number: ED028373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1960
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Accent on Learning; An Analytical History of the Fund for Adult Education's Experimental Discussion Project, 1951-1959.
This book is an analytical history of the experimental study-discussion project, "Accent on Learning," developed by the Fund for Adult Education, a private program sponsored by the Ford Foundation from 1951 to 1961. The project prepared programs around a variety of subjects in the fields of political, international, economic, and social affairs, and the humanities; tested these materials in experimental form with discussion groups, under a variety of institutional auspices, in different parts of the country, under lay leaders; and distributed the best of them to institutions of higher learning. Programs on over 20 topics were eventually contracted to institutions or individuals, directed by subject matter specialists, and assisted by people who had some knowledge of the group discussion process. Basic readings were used as a point of departure, supplemented by audiovisual aids such as records and movies. Ultimately, selected universities and colleges established three year "centers" through which discussion groups using the programs were promoted. Conducted from mid-1951 to mid-1958, the discussion project had a total expenditure of two million dollars. The basic evaluation is that "packaged" study-discussion programs, if properly planned and developed, can provide an effective framework for individual study and group discussion of vital issues. (se)
Descriptors: Adults, Audiovisual Aids, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Study Centers, Discussion, General Education, History, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Lay People, Leaders, Participant Satisfaction, Program Development
Library of Continuing Education, 107 Roney Lane, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210 ($.35)
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Authoring Institution: Fund for Adult Education, White Plains, NY.