ERIC Number: ED212328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
A Survey of the Attitudes of Adults toward Continuing Education: Report of Findings. Final Report.
Kane, Parsons and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
A study of persons living in the vicinity of LaGuardia Community College was conducted to determine respondents' views about problems facing their communities and their attitudes toward and experiences with adult or continuing education. Between April and June 1980, 840 interviews were conducted with adults who were not full-time students. During the interviews, information was sought on respondents' sex, race, age, educational background, income, marital status, neighborhood, and length of residence in the neighborhood. Additional questions focused on perceptions of neighborhood problems, employment patterns, attitudes toward job advancement and related educational programs, participation in continuing education programs, interest in course topics, considerations in school or course selection, and scheduling preferences. Survey findings included the following: (1) inadequate recreational facilities, crime, and neighborhood deterioration were viewed as the most important neighborhood problems; (2) inadequacy of adult education facilities was regarded as a relatively important problem, especially by respondents under 65 years of age; (3) about one-third of the employed respondents were interested in getting a better job, and almost half felt that additional training would be necessary to obtain one; (4) 38% of the sample had participated in adult education; and (5) academic quality, convenience of location, and cost were the main factors influencing institutional choice. The survey instrument is appended. (HB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Attendance, College Choice, College Planning, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Influences, Information Sources, Job Satisfaction, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, School Schedules
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: La Guardia Community Coll., Long Island City, NY.
Authoring Institution: Kane, Parsons and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Presented as Section Two of An Assessment of the Needs of the Western Queens Community, New York City. For related document, see JC 820 027.