ERIC Number: ED300621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Program Development: A Description of Practice Related to Theory.
Paprock, Kenneth E.
A study examined the situation-specific program development strategies used in 47 different settings in the southwestern United States from January 1987 to January 1988. Specialized and elite interviews were administered to program developers to identify the approaches that are being used and to determine how they relate to the approaches described in the adult education literature. The responses given during the interviews indicated that most of the programs for adult learners were focused on problem solving and information giving and were normatively defined by the sponsoring agency, with the program developer acting as a solution giver and resource linker. The information gathered during the interviews indicated that what is being practiced in reality is not what is prescribed by any one approach in the literature. It was hypothesized that program developers who state that theories and formulas in the literature do not always apply in their situation may have factors and forces in their situation that may call for adjustments or modifications of the approaches advocated in the literature. The interviews conducted would seem to indicate that program development can be viewed as a process used to link various agent and client systems for the deliberately undertaken action of learning. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the conference "Teaching Adults: Myths and Realities (Cincinnati, OH, October 7-8, 1988).