ERIC Number: ED318890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Learning in Voluntary Organisations.
Percy, Keith; And Others
A project contacted approximately 800 voluntary organizations in northwest England to describe the learning activities in which volunteers take part. Data were collected through mail surveys, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, general observation, structured time observation, and case study. The following were among the findings reported: (1) adults join voluntary organizations to do rather than to learn, but doing seems to require learning activity or even to be learning activity; (2) the formal learning activities were teaching, discussion, training, and assessment and certification; (3) the informal learning activities were practice learning, apprenticeship learning, learning from experience, and learning through social interaction; and (4) although there is little evidence that adults join voluntary activities for reasons of personal development, there is ample evidence that voluntary organization activity of all kinds is a vehicle for the personal development of members. (The document includes 2 figures, 19 tables, and a total of 14 references.)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Apprenticeships, Certification, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Lifelong Learning, Peer Teaching, Testing, Voluntary Agencies, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 19B De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, England (5 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England). Unit for the Development of Adult Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)