ERIC Number: ED346311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
National Networking for State Community Education Capacity Building. 1991 Needs Assessment: Materials and Training. Survey Report.
Romney, Valerie A.
The 1991 National Community Education Needs Assessment Survey focused on material and training needs. A more than 65 percent return rate on the open-ended survey indicated commitment and concern of community educators; 263 community education contacts completed the 4-page survey. The typical community educator who responded was the director of community education for a local education agency with at least 10 years of experience. The "Community Education Journal,""Community Education Today," and state/regional association newsletters were widely received, well read, and considered useful. Respondents agreed on the need for additional information in the following areas: educational reform; community education professionalism, including training and how-to manuals; and community education as an academic discipline, including research and documentation. They identified educational reform as the prime topical area for additional community education training and the following areas for professional development: community education philosophy and concepts, management skills, funding alternatives, and leadership training. Although governmental and legislative support, program expansion, and identity and recognition were identified as essential to state growth, those who rated their states' level of initiatives as stagnant or weaker identified funding limitations as the key cause. (Appendixes, amounting to over two-thirds of the report, include participant lists, the survey, and detailed survey responses.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Instructional Materials, Material Development, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Teacher Improvement
Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education, Ruffner Hall, 405 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A