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作者 Rawls, Judith A
書名 Community educators' perceptions regarding the status and role of community education
國際標準書號 0496532820
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說明 122 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-09, Section: A, page: 3154
Major Professor: Marcia A. Anderson
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2003
The study was designed to contribute to a better understanding of the perceptions of Community Education Association (CEA) members regarding eight components of community education. The problem of this study was to determine the perceptions of National Community Education Association members regarding the status of community education nationally and in their respective states. The following research questions were investigated as a means of addressing the problem: (1) Is there a statistically significant difference between community educators' real and ideal ratings for each of the eight components of community education? (2) What methods do community educators use to promote community education in their communities? (3) What do community educators perceive to be barriers impacting the expansion of community education?
A nationwide survey was sent to 500 members of the National Community Education Association (NCEA). Participants were randomly selected from the NCEA's 2002 Membership Book, which is organized by states. Of the 500, 16 were returned undeliverable; findings from 187 usable surveys (38.6% response rate) were used to answer the research questions. Statistical techniques used to analyze the quantitative data in this study were the Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test and descriptive statistics of means, percentages, and frequencies. Responses made as "other" in the promotion and barrier effects sections of the survey were reported as qualitative data, or when appropriate, as descriptive data in the form of percentages
Demographic information revealed that the average respondent was involved in community education 15.29 years; 92% of the respondents were affiliated with formal education; most (91%) had at least a bachelor's degree, and of those, 84% indicated their degree to be in education or in a closely related field. Results indicated that currently only 10 states have a community education plan, and 32 states conduct a statewide community education conference
Results of the research indicated that there was a statistically significant difference between community educators' perceptions of what was real (what is currently taking place in their communities) with each component and what would be the ideal rating (what should be taking place) for each of the eight components. Of the five promotional activities discussed in the survey, articles and news ads were the most often used to promote the components. Respondents indicated that the major barriers to community education were funding and a lack of understanding
School code: 0209
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 64-09A
主題 Education, Administration
Education, Adult and Continuing
Alt Author Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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