ERIC Number: ED270168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Community College Involvement in the Education of Adults: Literature Review and Analysis. First-Year Progress Report.
Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
This literature review traces the evolution of community colleges from institutions for recent high school graduates to learning centers for the entire adult population; describes the various learner needs that are met by community colleges' collegiate, vocational, and community education curricula; and discusses the contributions of a study being conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) to determine how well community colleges serve adults. The introduction discusses the lack of consensus about the definition of adult education and major theories regarding the teaching and learning of adults. The next section traces the evolution of the community college clientele from the early decades of the 20th Century, focusing on the effect of the expansion of the community education mission on the increased participation of adults in formal education. In the next section patterns of service to adult students are described, including transfer/liberal arts education, vocational programs, community education, noncredit instructional services, community services, and facility services. Finally, additional questions regarding adult education in community colleges are posed; these relate to: (1) the educational objectives of students in credit courses; (2) the extent to which community college vocational programs serve students who are training for a new career as opposed to upgrading skills for their current job; (3) the types of instruction and services provided as community education; and (4) the population served by community education programs. Appendices include an annotated bibliography of the predominant literature on the community education function, and citations to ERIC materials describing community education activities at two-year institutions. (EJV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: For related documents, see JC 860 309-310.