ERIC Number: ED192032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education Programs in the Pacific Territories: Assessment Issues.
Christensen, Paul R.
A study explored those factors in the Pacific Territories affecting the conduct and validity of assessments of their Adult Education Act State Grant Programs. Examined were islanders' opinions on whether (1) educational models developed in the United States apply in the territories, (2) our efforts in the territories are having positive or negative effects, (3) territories and the states warrant different treatment, (4) the same administration standards should be applied in both places, (5) English should be the only language skill to concern federally funded educators, (6) territories are ready for advanced educational technology, (7) neglect is the way we can best help the territories, (8) islanders need information more than observation, and (9) consolidated grants will wipe out adult education in the territories. Questionnaire responses, interviews of adult education program personnel, and author observations yielded recommendations that territories should be treated differently than the states. They should be assisted in developing advanced educational technology and language skills besides English. Cultural sensitivity and non-standard evaluation designs should be used in dealing with territories. Assessments of island progress should be made jointly by local staff and external parties in multi-year efforts. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Development Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa; Guam