Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)

Program

Educational Leadership

Date of Award

December 1981

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to survey selected existing facilities and to develop guidelines for planning facilities for the adult learner. The following subproblems were identified in order to adequately treat the problem: (1) To describe selected facilities for the adult learner; (2) To identify those elements considered essential, highly desirable, and significant in planning a facility for the adult learner. Four research questions were considered to be relevant to this study: (1) What were the most prevalent needs of the adult learner? (2) What facilities for the adult learner are in existence now? (3) What recommendations are given for planning a facility for the adult learner? (4) Will the total responses obtained by on-site visitations be consistent with the total responses of the mailed questionnaire? Through the review of literature, a list of thirty selected existing facilities was compiled. The participants in the study were limited to twelve randomly selected facilities for the adult learner. In addition, three selected facilities were visited. A questionnaire was developed and field tested to assess those guideline elements considered essential, highly desirable, and significant in planning facilities for the adult learner. A total of thirteen sources responded to the questionnaire. Three directors of facilities where on-site visitations were conducted participated in the study. Ten directors of facilities for the adult learner in various geographical locations in the United States participated in the study. From the analysis of the data from the questionnaire responses, ninety-six elements were found to be essential, highly desirable, or significant. These elements were arrayed from essential through significant and presented as guidelines for developing facilities for the adult learner. Recommendations based on the findings were given.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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