ERIC Number: ED117427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan-20
Programs for Culturally Different Adults: The Potential of Outreach Centers.
Niemi, John A.
It is the undeniable responsibility of the community college to provide educational opportunities for all citizens in a community, including culturally different adults. In designing relevant outreach center programs for culturally different adults, it is of utmost importance to determine the needs of the groups, to directly involve participants in the process, to explore their perceptions of reality, and to examine biases held by the dominant society. The logical starting point for program planning involves determining the group characteristics, which will vary from one group to another. The social-psychological characteristics of culturally different groups usually include low self-esteem, a high degree of dependency on others, and difficulties in communicating with the dominant society. The Martin Luther King Adult Education Center of Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, Illinois is a model outreach center that provides physical/socioeconomic/social-psychological support through its "success-oriented" program. Effectiveness of an outreach center will depend ultimately on the quality and dedication of the teaching/counseling/administrative staff, and on preservice and inservice training, which are vital teacher training components. Moreover, outreach centers need to coordinate their efforts with community libraries and learning centers in order to serve the needs of culturally different adults. (EA)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Community Colleges, Community Coordination, Community Resources, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Images, Cultural Influences, Cultural Traits, Disadvantaged, Inservice Education, Needs Assessment, Outreach Programs, Participation, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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