ERIC Number: ED189291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
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Motivational Orientations of Adults in Technical-Vocational and Post-Secondary Institutions.
Bova, Breda Murphy
To determine whether adults who were grouped according to selected variables differed in their reasons for participating in education programs, the Educational Participation Scale was administered to 322 part-time adult students. Focus was on age, sex, institution, level of educational attainment, and occupational groupings. The responses were factor analyzed, and the following five scales were developed: Social Relationship, Professional Advancement, Social Welfare, Escape/Stimulation, and Cognitive Interest. Some of the findings were these: (1) younger adults, 18 to 22 years of age, scored higher on the Social Relationship Scale then did any other age group while housewives scored higher than any other occupational group; (2) women as well as health and clerical workers scored higher than other respondents on the Professional Advancement Scale; (3) adult students 40-45 years of age along with housewives and health workers scored high on the Social Welfare Scale; (4) 18 to 22 year old adults in early transition scored higher on Escape/Stimulation Scale than those respondents who were in other life stages; and (5) respondents in the 40-45 years old mid-life transition were more highly motivated by Cognitive Interest Scale reasons than were those in other life stages. (EM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque.