ERIC Number: ED356403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Related to Teaching Style Preference of Ohio Cooperative Extension Service Faculty and Program Staff. Summary of Research 68.
Seevers, Brenda S.; Clark, Richard W.
The factors related to teaching style preference of the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) faculty and program were measured by the Principles of Adult Learning Scale (PALS). The study also looked at two additional measurements predictive of teaching behavior: sensitivity and inclusion, as measured by the Van Tilburg/Heimlich Sensitivity/Inclusion Scale. Information was gathered through a questionnaire based on these two instruments that was developed and mailed to 609 OCES faculty and program staff; response rate was approximately 75 percent (454). The study found that OCES educators appear to have limited knowledge of adult education principles and practices and that the findings of the two assessment instruments were not correlated in any practically significant way. A number of recommendations were made: improve teacher support and attitude; increase staff knowledge of adult education principles and practices; improve the number of adult education courses that staff take; help staff focus on learner-centered styles as well as their preferred teacher-centered styles; assist staff in making needed changes; and develop a mentoring system. (Contains 15 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Principles of Adult Learning Scale