ERIC Number: ED026608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Factors Affecting Participation by Adults in Community Educational Activities Concerned with the Cultural Arts.
Warlum, Michael Frank
The study seeks to determine and describe factors which are related to, and which may be responsible for, adult participation or lack of participation in a large-scale, community-wide, cultural arts project involving considerable volunteer effort. While serving as a participant observer, the researcher gathered data from sources directly related to a Finnish ethnic group festival. Project participants were ranked by a group of judges according to the degree of their involvement. The names of forty-five participants to be interviewed were chosen from the judges' list. Fifteen were ranked as high participants, 15 as medium, and 15 as low. The data included news articles and correspondence prepared in connection with work on the project, a daily journal and monthly reports compiled during this time, interviews carried on with project participants and non participants, and respondent check sheets dealing with several variables hypothesized as affecting participation. With one exception, the null hypotheses tested failed to be rejected. The rejected hypothesis, dealing with nationality, showed a significant difference. People of the ethnic group emphasized by the festival showed greater aptness to participate than people who were not of this ethnic group. (author/nl)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Programs, Cultural Activities, Doctoral Dissertations, Ethnic Groups, Group Unity, Motivation, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Volunteers
University Microfilms, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 67-6844, MF $3.00, Xerography $7.20).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.