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ERIC Number: ED222657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-1
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
Life-Long Learning in Voluntary Association. A Study of Non-Formal Education in Atlantic Canada.
Dobson, John R. A.
A participatory research study analyzed adult lifelong learning in voluntary association. Examined in the study were the associational environment for learning, learning leadership, learning goals and objectives, program content, and skill development. To obtain these data, researchers administered a mail questionnaire to a stratified random sample of 270 associations drawn from a universe of 3,050 Atlantic Canadian organizations. Based on data from 220 completed questionnaires, followup interviews, and field observations, researchers concluded that nonformal learning in voluntary association is dissimilar in both structure and content when compared to formal group learning. Because the teaching function is frequently exchanged among the learners with small-group skill practice sessions, the hierarchical nature of teacher-student is minimized. Learning generally focuses on very specific behavioral change with less regard for a knowledge base and virtually no regard for a clarification of the value premises inherent in the behavior. Using data obtained during the survey, researchers constructed a model of adult associational learning. The model consisted of a taxonomy of environment, leadership process, objective, and skill development descriptors. Recommendations called for field testing the model and exploring the synergistic educational relationship between the learning leader and the learning member. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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