ERIC Number: ED159368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Comprehensive Adult Education Directories.
Slettehaugh, Sharon A.
A study was conducted to identify communities which had developed directories of adult learning opportunities and to describe how and why these directories were developed. Through questionnaires and interviews, data was collected from the developers of twelve comprehensive community directories. Information was obtained on the product's (1) name, developer, area and population served, and listings of learning opportunities; (2) purpose, source, and help to learner; (3) funding, source, production number, costs, and charges; and (4) distribution points. It was concluded that the most useful directories dealt with a limited geographic area, and that agency and volunteer cooperation make it possible to develop and distribute directories with little funding. In the directory development process findings focused on need recognition, funding, staffing, data collection, dissemination, and access. Time taken to develop directories, methods of publicity, and procedures for evaluation were also studied. Libraries, colleges/universities, and adult education associations were found to be the directory developers, and government grants provided an important funding source. It generally took six to nine months to produce a directory. The most common access methods found were telephone information and referral services. Frequently mentioned problems included ill-defined purposes and users and poor agency cooperation. (CSS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Costs, Data Collection, Directories, Educational Opportunities, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Lifelong Learning, Material Development, Objectives, Program Descriptions, Publicize, Staff Utilization
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Masters paper, University of Minnesota