ERIC Number: ED185362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education and Aging: Perspectives on Research at a Private Independent Research Organization.
As part of a symposium on challenges and problems of adult education researchers in different settings, recent research activities at one private independent research organization were examined. Three projects of the American Instituties for Research (AIR) were reviewed, all relating to adult development and aging. The first examined career guidance for adults with an emphasis on women and minorities. It resulted in a catalog describing successful programs throughout the country and in a planning manual for such programs. The second, involving a series of studies to define and assess Quality of Life, indicated that learning and intellectual development is an important dimension of Quality of Life and that adult education can play an important role in the lives of older adults. The third, on adult basic education needs, participation and persistence, was conducted as part of the Statistical Analysis Group in Education (SAGE) created by the National Center for Education Statistics. It was concluded that private research organizations provide the researcher with a great deal of flexibility for setting objectives and that research designs used in applied situations may be less rigorous than those used in basic research, with a trade off occurring between internal and external validity. Major limitations are lack of training for work in a private institution and the lack of security in research support. A major advantage is that multidisciplinary efforts and colleague interaction and collaboration are the norm. (JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.