ERIC Number: ED297100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
An Analysis of Teacher Education Needs as Perceived by Arkansas Adult Educators.
A study obtained information on educational needs of Arkansas adult educators. It also provided data for planning teacher education programs based on the needs of inservice adult educators. Surveys were mailed to 200 randomly selected members of the Arkansas Association for Public, Continuing and Adult Education; 137 (68 percent) responded. The research identified the characteristics of adult educators relative to sex, race, age, and employment status. Findings indicated that primary reasons for participating in staff development activities (with the most frequent response first) were professional knowledge and receiving credit hours for certification. Respondents generally indicated a preference for taking courses offered off campus and an interest in independent study courses and courses offered by correspondence. They also expressed high concern for workshop courses and preference for nontraditional courses and offerings. Thirty-five percent had participated in course work during the past 12 months. Fifty percent of the respondents indicated that they had applied for and received certification in adult education. Thirty-one percent expressed a need for additional information regarding certification. Respondents indicated a strong interest in inhouse training and courses that addressed specific skills. They expressed interest in taking workshops and seminars and attending conferences for university credit. (The instrument is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Little Rock.