ERIC Number: ED110753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Criteria for Evaluating Graduate Study in Adult Education: Findings of a Study Conducted for the Commission of Professors of Adult Education.
Aker, George F.
The report identifies and organizes criteria for evaluating and determining the effectiveness of graduate programs in adult education. The first phase of the study, a review of the appropriate literature, contributed to the formulation of 22 criterion statements relevant to the development of graduate study in adult education. The study's second phase involved: defining the field of adult education; developing a behavioral classification scheme for the educational objectives of graduate programs in adult education; identifying existing statements of education objectives, professional competencies, and specific on-the-job behaviors of adult educators; classifying, refining, and formulating these statements into behavioral descriptions of these objectives; and refining those behavioral descriptions into a series of 23 statements for evaluating graduate study in adult education. Phase three involved surveying the opinions of adult education graduate students and doctorates regarding the importance of graduate study in developing professional competencies in the 23 behaviors. The phase three findings indicate that all 23 behaviors are important in the practice of adult education and that nearly all adult educators have a need for increasing their competence in these behaviors. Suggestions for improving graduate programs in adult education conclude the study, with an 11-page bibliography following. (JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Center for Continuing Education.