ERIC Number: ED331643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Barriers to Education for Rural Adults in 13 States. Overcoming Barriers to Education for Rural Adults: Proposed Steps To Provide Adequate Educational Opportunities.
Easton, Stanley E.
The two papers are based on the same data of a Delphi survey conducted in 1986 and 1987 to education professionals in 13 Western states. In the first round of the survey, 798 individuals interested in rural adult education were asked to identify barriers to rural adults' education and to propose actions and policies to overcome these barriers. In the second round survey, 196 of the 217 persons who responded to the first round of the survey then completed the questionnaire, which investigated the extent to which respondents agreed or disagreed on the 78 listed educational barriers and 125 proposed resolutions. Chi-square tests were used to examine the differences of respondents' perceptions on these issues. The results suggest that respondents geographic locations and different educational roles are associated with their perceptions of educational barriers and actions. Of the 47 barriers confirmed by a majority of respondents on the second questionnaire, 22 were classified as institutional in nature; 13 personal/institutional; 12 psychological, informational, or political. A prominent barrier was identified as the distance from educational facilities. Stronger commitments and more favorable arrangements were proposed as ways for extending postsecondary education to more rural adults. Community colleges and land-grant universities were considered as institutions that should have specific missions to educate rural adults. At least 50% of the respondents affirmed the desirability of 111 of the 125 proposed actions listed on the second questionnaire. The two papers contain the same 14 references. (ALL/GGH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related document, see ED 296 836.