ERIC Number: ED354415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of a Survey Instrument To Assess the "Learning How To Learn" Knowledge and Skills of Adult Educators in the Department of Adult Education in Anderson County.
Newman, Michael K.
The purpose of this study was to develop a survey instrument that could be used to determine the degree to which faculty members perceive themselves to have knowledge and skills that they can use to help their adult students learn how to learn. Informal surveys of students at the Anderson Adult Education Center in South Carolina, which has a high dropout rate, indicated that students dropped out primarily because they found the subjects that they studied uninteresting and unhelpful. The center's director, however, believed that a large part of the problem was due to learning difficulties or a lack of "learning how to learn" knowledge and skills on the part of these students, and this idea led to the development of a survey instrument constructed to identify perceived strengths and weaknesses of the center faculty as regards their ability to model and teach their adult students the art and science of learning. Steps in the process included the following: a literature review that revealed that students need "learning how to learn" skills more than ever; creation of a draft of a survey instrument and its review by a panel of experts; sampling of the instrument with some faculty groups; and creation of the final version of the survey. The completed instrument is expected to be administered to all 16 faculty members of the center as soon as feasible and the results used to create a training program to meet their perceived needs as they go about educating their adult students. (The report includes the survey form and 47 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina