ERIC Number: ED099663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Senior Citizens Desire to Continue Learning.
Guffy, Ted; Hines, Kerry
A community service and continuing education program in Weatherford, Oklahoma was developed primarily for retired or semi-retired persons over 55 years of age. Purposes of the program, partially funded by Title 1 Higher Education Act of 1965, were: (1) to assist senior citizens in making better use of their leisure time, (2) to impart or improve skills which the senior citizens might use to supplement their income. The program which was administered by Southwestern State College consisted of approximately 15 seminars and/or activities of interest in areas of arts and crafts, recreation, and health. Presentations were scheduled on-campus, in a nursing home, and in senior citizens' homes via cable television. The 343 enrollees preferred skill-oriented courses over knowledge-oriented courses. The concentrated effort of community service agencies, civic leaders, and the academic institution was vital to program success. It was found to be important that senior citizens identify with the program in an active role of planning and conducting the program. Participants did not have the need to attain academic degrees; preference was for an opportunity to leisurely pursue subjects of their own choice. Two-thirds of the document consists of appendixes of enrollment, questionnaire, and evaluation material. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Higher Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.
Authoring Institution: Southwestern State Coll., Weatherford, OK. Div. of Teacher Education and Psychology.