ERIC Number: ED215734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Learning Community: An Examination of the Educational Interests and Future Educational Plans of the Community. Coast Community Colleges Community Telephone Survey, 1980: Report Number 6.
Butler, Dennis G.
One aspect of a survey conducted in 1980 by the Coast Community College District (CCCD) focused on the educational interests and plans of CCCD residents. Specifically, the survey sought to determine the extent of community interest in college-level education, the extent to which respondents viewed CCCD as the best place to meet their educational needs, the nature of the community's educational interests, and the reasons people planned or did not plan to attend classes. Additionally, the study sought to determine the specific educational fields of interest to the community and the relationship between demographic characteristics and educational plans. Study findings, based on telephone interviews with 543 residents, included the following: (1) 47% of the respondents planned to take classes in the near future; (2) 86% of those currently enrolled in college planned to take additional courses, as did 42% of those not currently enrolled; (3) of those planning to attend college, 84% indicated a preference for CCCD schools; (4) 47% of those planning to take courses would do so for personal enjoyment, 25% for occupational training, and 24% to obtain a degree; (5) age, educational level, time since last schooling, household income, and CCCD status were found to be significantly related to educational interest; and (6) the most popular fields of study for personal enjoyment were visual and performing arts, while business and management courses were popular among those seeking a degree or occupational training. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coast Community Coll. District, Costa Mesa, CA.