The Stephenville Adult Centre : a survey of the clientelle served during 1968-69 and the benefits they derived

Coombs, Gerald (1971) The Stephenville Adult Centre : a survey of the clientelle served during 1968-69 and the benefits they derived. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study was designed to investigate the background characteristics of the students participating in the program at the Stephenville Adult Centre and the benefits they derived. -- The data were obtained from the files at the Centre and the responses to the two forms of a questionnaire, one completed by forty-six vocational students and the other by thirty-seven in the work force. -- The typical student at the Centre was found to be a married man with two children. He was twenty-four years old, had a grade eight education, had been out of school nine years and was as likely to come from a settlement with under one thousand persons as from a settlement with over one thousand persons. Other findings of the study were that the participants were enrolled "to get more education" or "to help get a better job" and that these objectives were achieved. Eighty-one per cent of the respondents who were not attending vocational schools had been employed since leaving the Stephenville Adult Centre, and eighty-three per cent of those were employed at the time of response. One quarter of the respondents felt they were not allowed to attend the Centre for a long enough period. It was also found that Canada Manpower policy was not uniformly enforced in requiring the participants to state a "vocational goal". -- The four most important recommendations arising out of the study are (1) that the Canada Manpower policy be changed, first, to allow persons to attend for longer than fifty-two weeks if necessary and, second, to eliminate the requirement that applicants state a definite vocational goal; (2) that more facilities be provided for the expansion of the BTSD Program in Newfoundland; (3) that full-time counselling services be provided at the Centre; and (4) that an Adult Education Teacher Education program be established at Memorial University. If adult education programs are to expand, there will be a need for trained personnel.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7117
Item ID: 7117
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [114]-119.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1971
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--West Coast--Stephenville
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Stephenville Adult Centre (N.L.); Newfoundland. Division of Vocational Education; College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering and Electronics (St. John's, N.L.); Adult education--Newfoundland and Labrador--Stephenville

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