ERIC Number: ED033266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965
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The Nature and Pattern of Participation in Adult Education Activities.
This study investigates the educational participation of adults from the learner's viewpoint. Purposes were to develop a technique to determine the extent of adult participation; to apply the technique to determine the underlying structure among activities and patterns of participation; and to examine the relationship of selected demographic characteristics (social class, age, sex, family size, and religious affiliation) to patterns of participation. A "Leisure Activity Survey" (LAS) instrument was constructed, tested, and administered to 1,149 men and women. It obtained data about the nature and content of adult participation in 46 educational activities, and was scored for extent of participation. Principal component analysis was used to determine the structural nature of educational activity and profiles of participation. Among conclusions were that the LAS is a valid instrument to measure extent of adult participation in educational activities, that the nature and content of the various activities can be empirically identified by a limited number of activity components, and that evidence does not support or reject the hypothesis that patterns of educational activity vary by demographic characteristics. (se)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Age Differences, Doctoral Dissertations, Investigations, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Religion, Sex Differences, Social Status, Test Construction, Test Validity
Dept. of Photoduplication, The University of Chicago Library, Swift Hall, Chicago, Ill. 60637
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.