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ERIC Number: ED141586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Needs of the Lifelong Learner: The View of Agents and Consumers.
Reardon, Francis J.; And Others
A survey employing the Delphi technique was used to explore lifelong learning needs in Pennsylvania. Respondents included agents (those involved in the educational system such as administrators, faculty, broadcasters, librarian, and others) and consumers (representatives of groups of people who might pursue lifelong learning). Results revealed differences between these groups, consumers seeing more needs than agents. Differences also existed among agents. Community college staff readily accepted open admission, while staff from State-related universities and private colleges opposed the idea. The general view of the groups surveyed seemed to be that lifelong learners have a broad range of needs and that those learners must bear a substantial portion of the cost of those services. Results showed primary needs as including limited requirements for admission to educational programs to encourage broad participation, widespread availability of academic and vocational counseling, and development of tests to supplement the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests for crediting experience. The authors note that conflicts and disagreements among the respondents prevented simple interpretation of the data, concluding that the lifelong learner has a great many needs and people currently in the system do not yet agree on how to respond to them. The results of the survey, organized into eight categories, are appended. (SH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania