ERIC Number: ED217147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Open Bureaucracy or Process? An Empirical Investigation of Three Community Education Projects. Research Report #81-106.
Dudley, Charles J.; And Others
Current theory in community education holds that community education programs should move from a "program" orientation to a "process" orientation--process being defined vaguely as an open democratic structure. Three long-running community education projects in rural communities were studied for evidence of this phenomenon. Data were collected by interviewing first knowledgeable respondents and then interviewing people named by the knowledgeable people; a total of 114 interviews were conducted. Interviewees were asked about their relationship to community education, to others in the projects, names of those involved in the projects, effectiveness of the projects, organizational linkages of the project to other community agencies, and what works and what needs improvement in the community education program. Based on an analysis of this data, the researchers concluded that there is no evidence to support the notion that community education develops in a progressive manner from program to process. However, there was evidence to support the idea that as community education projects mature, they tend to develop an open bureaucratic process. The researchers suggest the community educators may have to be content with this open bureaucratic system rather than striving for the ideal of a democratic process system. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Community Education, Definitions, Educational Objectives, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Program Implementation, Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.