ERIC Number: ED333181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Approaches to Changing the Physical Attributes of the Adult Learning Environment: A Preliminary Investigation.
Fulton, Rodney D.
A study surveyed 139 individuals to determine if differences in the way they approached the physical attributes of various learning environments could be attributed to either gender or age. Participants were Montana State University graduate students in education; adult basic education students in Bozeman, Montana; adult basic education faculty and students in Ayer, Massachusetts; graduate students in adult and technological education in Knoxville, Tennessee; staff of a community college from California; and 100 randomly selected individuals in Washington, D.C. In all, 136 usable surveys were returned. Participants completed up to four instruments in three administrations. Instruments used were the Physical Environment Survey (PES), Oddi Continuing Learning Inventory (OCLI), and Environmental Response Inventory (ERI). Mean adaptive response scores were calculated for males and females. Respondents were divided into four age groupings: those born before 1940, those born between 1940 and 1949, those born between 1950 and 1959, and those born after 1960. Mean adaptive response scores were calculated for each age group. T tests showed no significant difference between genders or among the four age groups on the PES. Analysis of the scores on the OCLI and the PES for the graduate students showed no correlation. Variability was found in the responses of individuals on the PES. Neither variable was significant in determining if an individual was primarily adaptive or adoptive in dealing with the physical environment. (The PES is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see ED 324 420.