ERIC Number: ED232103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Building a Data Based Model for Senior Adult Basic Education.
Courtenay, Bradley C.; And Others
Research shows that developing a curriculum model for senior adult education requires consideration of at least four important factors: (1) the heterogeneous nature of the senior adult population; (2) their specific information and interest needs; (3) the specific nature of the learning activities; and (4) the specific barriers and facilitators pertinent to this population. In order to respond to these considerations with a databased curriculum, adults (N=505), aged 60 and over (432 of these were participants in AoA funded nutrition sites in Georgia), responded to an 85-item interviewer-administered questionnaire assessing their educational needs and interests in the areas of health, social services, economics, social and cultural activities, government and law, and personal development. Results showed that a dislike of being out at night was the top ranked barrier to enrolling in adult basic education. The information from the survey was used to develop a teacher's instructional manual based on the top ranked topics, which includes resource and reference information, and add-on units for the more advanced learner. This databased curriculum development model can be useful for others constructing a senior adult basic education curriculum. (Tables detailing the study results, and the table of contents for the teacher's manual are included.) (MCF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Adult and Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Center for Continuing Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982).