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ERIC Number: ED167790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
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Contributions to a Discipline of Adult Education. A Review and Analysis of the Publications of Coolie Verner. Occasional Papers in Continuing Education. Number 18, February 1979.
Dickinson, Gary
To examine Coolie Verner's contributions to the study of adult education as a systematic discipline, the author of this paper reviews and analyzes Verner's publications from 1950-1975. The first of five sections describes this as a period of rapid growth for the adult education field. Verner is depicted as a leader in developing a substantive body of knowledge for adult education and in diffusing that knowledge through graduate programs and publications. Section 2 identifies Verner publications by year, field of interest, format, and content. Content is categorized as transitory (personal beliefs/experiences, practice techniques, program descriptions, and book reviews) or substantive (empirical research, interpretative literature, reviews/bibliographies, theoretical formulations, and historical). Section 3 addresses qualitative aspects of Verner's work by examining the author's attempts to encourage consistency and precision in defining terms and classifying processes. Section 4 analyzes the impetus and implications of four major themes apparent in Verner's work: diffusion and adoption, history of the field, participation, and the undereducated adult. The final section reviews Verner's efforts to define and describe a discipline of adult education and to examine the process whereby it should develop. A concluding bibliography is grouped into four parts: Verner's publications 1944-75, theses/dissertations directed by Verner, review of Verner's publications, and general references. (CSS)
Centre for Continuing Education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1W5 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.