ERIC Number: ED369991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adults in Schools. SCRE Research Report Series.
Blair, Amy; And Others
A survey was conducted of adults' participation in Scottish schools in order to update the statistical picture and investigate the schools' views of the advantages and disadvantages of making provisions for adults. Data were gathered from a random sample of 80 schools (20 percent of secondary schools) throughout Scotland with 20 or more adults enrolled through telephone surveys with staff members and a questionnaire completed by 396 of 650 adult students in the schools. All of the adults were participating part time during regular school hours. Some of the findings of the study were the following: (1) Scotland is unique in Europe in the extent to which it promotes adult student participation in secondary schools, with 11,851 adult students enrolled in Scottish schools in 1992; (2) schools saw adults as role models and as contributing to greater job satisfaction for teachers--with few disadvantages; (3) most schools noted distinct needs for guidance and support for adult students, but few had staff trained in that area; (4) adults returned to school at all ages and took a variety of courses; (5) adults students were overwhelmingly female; and (6) most adults reported many gains from their participation in school, especially enjoyment, new knowledge, and new qualifications and skills, and more than half wanted to continued taking courses. Three conclusions were reached: having adult students in schools is an important resource for community development; there should be no distinction between vocational and nonvocational courses in regard to funding; and staff training in adult guidance is needed. (Contains references, a technical appendix, and descriptions of school and adult participant samples.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Foreign Countries, Mixed Age Grouping, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Characteristics
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)