ERIC Number: ED314138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-16
Reference Count: N/A
Public Attitudes toward Adult Education in New Brunswick: Research Proposal.
In 1989, a province-wide survey was conducted to assess public opinion concerning adult education and the New Brunswick Community College System (NBCCS). A random sample of 800 respondents between the ages of 18 and 65 was surveyed regarding the quality of education, the quality of job-related education and training, experiences within the educational system, educational finance, and the accessibility, convenience, and demand for education. Major survey findings, based on a 54% response rate, included the following: (1) 80% of the respondents rated community colleges excellent to good, comparable to the 80% excellent to good rating of universities; (2) twice as many Francophones (21%) rated the quality of education at colleges and private academies as excellent, compared to 10% of the Anglophones; (3) 76% of the public gave NBCCS job-related education an excellent to good rating; (4) over 75% perceived graduates of the NBCCS to be satisfied with the quality of education they had received; (5) respondents were more familiar with the educational programs offered by high schools and the NBCCS than with those of universities and private academies; (6) 79% claimed to have had a very or somewhat positive experience with the New Brunswick educational system; (7) people who had positive educational experiences cited good selection of programs or courses or the competence of teachers as factors, while those who had negative experiences cited poor courses or programs, personal problems, or negative reactions to teachers; and (8) 82% of the respondents said too little money was allocated for education. Appendixes include a description of research methodology, the survey instrument, a list of programs surveyed by job clusters, and verbatim survey responses. (WJT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Colleges, Educational Attitudes, Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Program Attitudes, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Universities, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Brunswick Dept. of Advanced Education and Training, Fredericton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada