ERIC Number: ED181588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Community Education: Program or Process? A Survey of Selected Community Schools Throughout the United States. Research Reports on Educational Administration Volume VIII, Number 2.
Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Bureau of Educational Research and Services.
The purpose of the study summarized here was to determine the extent of the efforts of community education programs to establish an effective, democratic problem-solving process among the citizenry of their communities. Questionnaires were collected from 215 school districts. The instrument was a 36-item questionnaire mailed to respondents. Results indicated a significant correlation between programs with a process orientation and the presence of a full-time coordinator. Community initiated programs had a stronger process orientation than did those initiated by the school district. There was no correlation between population size and process orientation, but those with more sites were more process oriented. Programs started before 1968 or after 1972 were generally more process oriented than those started between 1969 and 1972. Other findings concerned the coordinator's philosophy, school district expenditures, program budget, type of programs, and advisory council philosophy. The document suggests further studies investigating the reasons for the correlation between process orientation and time of program inception, number of school sites, coordinator philosophy, advisory councils, and years of program operation. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Bureau of Educational Research and Services.