ERIC Number: ED108732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Needs of Adults in Bourbon, Linn, and Crawford Counties, Kansas.
Hutchins, Elbert C.
A modified version of the "Survey of Adult Learning," originally developed by the Educational Testing Service, was distributed to a sample of 800 of the 60,835 adults residing in the area surrounding Fort Scott Community College to determine the learning needs of the community. A response rate of 43 percent was obtained. Results identified 64.5 percent of the respondents as potential learners. Many of these were willing to learn in traditional way (30 percent), in traditional schools and colleges (43 percent), in the evenings (56 percent), and for at least one full semester (66 percent). The remainder expressed interest in new, nontraditional delivery systems not yet provided in the area. Because 74 percent desired some kind of credit for their work, the delivery system designed to serve them must provide a means for crediting nontraditional types of learning. The major access barriers include time, cost, full-time attendance requirements, and home and job responsibilities. Most potential learners were interested in vocational subjects, hobbies and recreational subjects, and personal development subjects. Although most respondents held positive attitudes about the college, many felt inadequately informed about its activities. Recommendations are made for meeting the needs for nontraditional learning opportunities and for improvements in information services. The questionnaire is appended. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fort Scott Community Coll., KS.