ERIC Number: ED265010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Serving the Rural Adult: Proceedings of Four 1985 Regional Conferences (Lexington, Kentucky, February 17-19; Logan, Utah, March 10-12; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 22-24; Skytop, Pennsylvania, May 5-7).
Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. University for Man.
Based on four regional conferences organized by the Action Agenda Project on the theme of "Serving the Rural Adult," these proceedings examine the similarities and differences the diverse participants contributed to the discussion of rural adult education; the successes and concerns expressed in finances and funding, policy, models, and economic development; and a shared agenda for future action. Common themes identified are: the empowerment offered by education to enable rural adults to gain control over their lives; the need for collaboration/cooperation among those serving rural areas; the traditional barriers of isolation, lack of rural self-respect, and resignation with which rural people accept inferior services which block efforts at building effective power bases. Conference participants shared a variety of models, from programs in entrepreneurship to school-based economic enterprises and from small business development centers to community-wide efforts at economic development. Characteristics shared by successful programs are community support, recognition of and respect for cultural differences, and respect for adult autonomy. The action agenda for extending educational opportunities to rural adults suggests four steps: forming partnerships; disseminating information; influencing community, state, and institutional policy; and establishing a formal organization to link postsecondary educational providers. Participating organizations and national and regional steering committee members are identified. (NEC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Conferences, Delivery Systems, Economic Development, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Rural Development
Jacqueline D. Spears, Action Agenda Project, 1221 Thurston, Manhattan, KS 66502 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. University for Man.