ERIC Number: ED105255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Participation in an Indian Adult Education Program.
Blunt, Adrian; Thornton, James E.
Differences between participants and nonparticipants in an on-reserve Indian adult education program in British Columbia were identified by interviewing 22.5 percent of the adult population in a random sample. Eight of 17 socioeconomic variables and 5 of 13 sociopsychological variables differentiated between the 42 participants and 44 nonparticipants. Social participation, trust, integration with relatives, number of children, and total annual income explained 30.81 percent of the variation in participation, but alienation was found to be the single most important predictor of nonparticipation. Because (1) participants had lower incomes than nonparticipants, and (2) the program is free, few socioeconomic barriers to participation were identified. Participants were likely to be female, so a need was indicated for more vocational and employment-oriented programs. Participants were more independent of relatives, a factor leading to consideration of informal classes for extended family groups. Overall, program planning for Indians requires analysis of the community, inclusion of community persons in planning, interagency cooperation, and evaluation. Statistical data throughout the report are tabulated and discussed in the text. Appendixes are a bibliography; adult education courses held on the reservation 1968-71; and product moment correlation coefficients for 19 variables. (MDW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Adult Education Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada