ERIC Number: ED336645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
The Contribution of Graduate Student Research Published in "The Journal of Adult Education/Adult Education Quarterly," 1969-1988.
Blunt, Adrian; And Others
A study determined the extent to which graduate students have contributed to the body of adult education knowledge through published research. It described content of graduate research articles and identified graduate programs, faculty who supported its production, and levels of graduate study involved in research publication. The study also examined the characteristics of graduate student authors. The same survey questionnaire was used for two data collections in 1979 and 1989. The 1979 survey yielded 129 responses from the population of 162 who had contributed research articles to the "Journal of Adult Education" and "Adult Education Quarterly" between 1968 and 1978. The second survey received 117 responses from 144 contributors between 1979 and 1988. A content analysis was conducted of all research articles contributed by the respondents. Nine judges assigned journal article abstracts to 14 content categories. During the first 10-year period, 47.7 percent of the articles were published by student authors as compared to 52.3 percent in the second data period. A decrease in articles from males from 77 percent to 61.2 percent corresponded to an increase in articles from females from 23 percent to 38.8 percent. The content analysis indicated that almost 80 percent of articles fell into 5 of the 14 content categories. Content distribution differed significantly by author gender. The great majority of student research was undertaken to fulfill graduate program requirements and was supervised by a faculty member. (Ten references and seven data tables are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Content Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Masters Theses, Scholarly Journals, Student Characteristics, Student Projects, Student Research, Teacher Education, Writing for Publication
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, October 28-November 3, 1990).