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ERIC Number: ED543764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1950
Reference Count: 55
Selected Approaches to Adult Education. Bulletin, 1950, No. 16
Kempfer, Homer; Wright, Grace S.
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
An estimated 40 percent of American adults claim an interest in further education, and among the remainder are a great many who would develop an interest if the facilities within their reach were to meet their personal needs. Six of the many possible organized ways of providing education for adults are described in this bulletin. Three of these methods: training for group leadership, consultation services, and the direct provision of educational leadership, materials, and facilities, are ways of extending educational opportunities to community groups. Two other methods: school-sponsored clubs and educational excursions, have their approximate equivalents in elementary and secondary schools. Only one method, the block leader system, is relatively new to the public-school adult education program, although many modifications of it have had extensive use in related educational and social service agencies. These six were selected primarily because the literature describing their use in public-school programs of adult education is not too readily available. While these approaches can be utilized by administrators in other educational agencies serving adults, it is hoped that this brief treatment of them may be helpful to superintendents, directors of adult education, and to adult school principals who are searching for ways of serving a greater proportion of the adults in their communities. The methods of assembling the information on the six approaches reported herein included examination of the literature, study of publicity materials and reports supplied by schools, correspondence, interviews with local directors and principals, and in a few cases visits to communities. (Contains 11 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Adult Education, Social Services, Publicity, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Superintendents, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, Office of Education (ED)