ERIC Number: ED126352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Post-Secondary Educational Needs of Adults in the Greater Tuscaloosa (Alabama) Area. Research Paper No. 1.
Owings, Thomas G.; Diener, Thomas J.
A 1975 survey of adults (over 18 years old) in the Greater Tuscaloosa, Alabama area was conducted by the University of Alabama Committee on Adult and Part-Time Students, to assess opinions and attitudes on post-secondary educational opportunities and programs within the local area. From a random sample of approximately 400 individuals listed in the Tuscaloosa telephone directory, 202 individuals were mailed a 27-item questionnaire. Questionnaires were followed up with telephone calls from interviewers who recorded the questionnaire responses of the participants. All respondents indicated an interest in studying or learning one or more subjects or areas of study. Approximately one-third of the respondents indicated interest in business skills, crafts, gardening, physical fitness, and sports and games. The most common reason indicated for choosing a major area of interest was for personal interest or enjoyment. Over one-third of the respondents preferred to study at a four-year college or university, and one-half wanted to attend classes or training sessions about once or twice a week. The most frequently indicated barriers were not enough time and home responsibilities. Demographic data reflecting personal characteristics of the respondents are summarized, and a copy of the questionnaire is appended. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alabama Univ., University. Committee on Adult and Part-Time Students.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., University. Inst. of Higher Education Research and Services.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama