ERIC Number: ED029220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Survey of Adult Study Patterns Within the Church School of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.; Some Implications of the Research Report.
Thomas, Margaret J.
This survey provides factual data on the study patterns of adults within Presbyterian Church School programs. The information is intended to be used in areas such as leadership training; the denomination's consultant program; in preparation of new materials; and within the Department of Adult Education of the Presbyterian Church. The study shows that neither age, sex, nor education makes a significant difference in adult leaders. Teachers who make definite assignments and allow frequent discussion are, however, significantly more effective than those who do not. Regardless of assignments, only half the students study the material before class, and only 25% do so regularly. The materials seem much more interesting to older adults than to younger, and more interesting to women than to men. At present a conflict exists as to whether to change the emphasis of church school from learning to fellowship, since 43% of the participants admit that they attend for the association with other persons. In essence, the most serious students are being reached, but the others are being missed. (se)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adults, Age Differences, Church Programs, Class Activities, Educational Background, Group Discussion, Instructional Materials, Leaders, Leadership Training, Questionnaires, Sex Differences, Student Participation, Study Habits, Surveys, Teacher Effectiveness
Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, Box 1176, Richmond, Va. 23209
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