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ERIC Number: ED036761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Pages: 20
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Consideration of How Levels of Achievement and Anxiety toward Education Affect Older People's Participation in Adult Education Programs.
Norton, Paul G.
Using a sample of 250 adults aged 65 or over (in Quincy, Massachusetts), this study investigated the relation of educational participation by older adults to socioeconomic achievement and to anxiety as regards education. Achievement was based on levels of occupation, income, and education. A series of 17 questions covered peer relationships, determination of ability to learn, critical incidents in one's education, and other aspects of anxiety. Achievement correlated positively, and anxiety negatively, with levels of participation. Anxiety toward continuing education stemmed, not from the aging process as such, but from previous educational experiences. Men were more anxious over competition than were women. Participants retained a relatively high self-image of learning ability and generalized their belief to the total elderly population, while nonparticipants were highly selective and unwilling to generalize. Nonparticipants considered student evaluation necessary but would not participate in programs using it. Participants considered evaluation unnecessary but would not hesitate to participate if it were included. (author/ly)
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 27-28, 1970