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ERIC Number: ED263448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-15
Pages: 18
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The Field of Canadian Adult Education: A Bibliographic Inquiry.
Dobson, J.
This study examined writings of Canadian adult educators for the purpose of describing their field of inquiry. The study described the field by its four basic areas of inquiry--learner, learning, process, and environment--and by the components of each area. The methodology was divided into three phases: creation of a glossary of descriptive adult education workds; analysis of key words drawn from titles of a 1983-1984 bibliography of reports, papers, articles, and books; and cross-tabulation of title concepts to ascertain significant correlations. Attention was also given to adult educators' approaches to the inquiry process. Findings suggested that Canadian adult educators primarily are interested in the processes of learning and in learning itself. Less interest was directed at the learning environment and learner characteristics. Findings further suggested that the conceptual frameworks used by adult educators tend to include a minimum of two areas of inquiry and usually combine three of the four areas. The most frequent dual combinations were learning/environment and learning/process. The triple combination of learning/environment/process yielded significant correlations. The concept correlations suggested that authors of adult education literature in Canada are generalists whose primary concern is to provide adults with appropriate environments and processes for learning. A short bibliography is included. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada