ERIC Number: ED101187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Problems of Dissemination and Use of Innovations in Adult Basic Education; Volume II of Planning for Innovation in Adult Basic Education.
Darkenwald, Gordon G.; And Others
The study focuses on the Special Projects Program authorized under section 309(b) of the Adult Education Act of 1966 and analyzes the 309(b) program to determine why dissemination of results to local adult basic education (ABE) programs has been less effective than desired. The document contains: (1) An examination of the policies and activities of the U.S. Office of Education's (USOE) Division of Adult Education Programs (DAEP); (2) An analysis of the effectiveness of the 309(b) system based on field studies of seven projects and survey findings; (3) An examination and multiple regression analysis of the organizational characteristics of local ABE programs as users of innovations; and (4) A summary of major findings and policy implications. Concluding the document, recommendations emphasize that a major objective of the 309(b) program is to improve existing State grant ABE programs, and that to achieve this objective, local ABE programs must become more aware of 309(b) outcomes and utilize them. An epilogue offers an overview of Project IDEA (Innovation Dissemination for the Education of Adults), launched in 1973 as the first step toward a national dissemination system. Appended are: a local program questionnaire, USOE DAEP staff questionnaire, State ABE director questionnaire, and the construction of indices of innovativeness, 309(b) adoption, program security, and professionalism. (MW)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Federal Legislation, Field Studies, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, State Programs, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center for Adult Education.