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Title: Adult education and the community in the Scottish new towns
Author: Collins, D. J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1977
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In the context of the Scottish new towns the thesis considers why adult education activities play such a limited role in the national education system, and whether a programme provided after a thorough examination or a community's needs and interests can involve a significantly greater proportion of the local population. After a discussion of the limitations of current practice, an examination of the background to the new towns is carried out. A picture of the new town communities is built up and this is presented in Chapter 3. There follows a consideration of the role of adult education in this setting and an examination of the response of the providing bodies to date. Apart from visits to adult education centres in each new town, in Livingston questionnaires were issued to all students and tutors attending classes in a week selected at random. The main barriers to development are then discussed before an attempt is made to assess the potential for adult education in the new town environment. In a random sample survey, 2,400 questionnaires were distributed amongst the new town population and a response rate of 59% achieved. The results of this survey are considered in Chapter 5. Finally, based on an examination of the barriers to development and the results of the survey, a series of action research projects were undertaken in Livingston to determine whether the interest revealed by the surveys could be translated into participation in adult education activities. These projects - the basis of a one year case study - are considered in Chapter 6. The thesis concludes by demonstrating that a greater degree of involvement can be achieved without the expenditure of significantly greater funds, but by the adoption of an approach which emphasises the importance of community considerations and the promotion of the educational process rather than specific evening class programmes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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