Organization and Planning of Adult Education, The

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The heightened interest in and the rapid expansion of adult education has become a trend in a variety of environments. In order to serve these developing areas, educators, personnel directors, as well as staff development specialists require improved methods for planning learning activities within their own unique organizational contexts.

In The Organization and Planning of Adult Education Kowalski examines the issues created by providing a social service in diverse organizational settings and presents a format for initiating and developing adult education programs. In order to comprehend the complexity of the context of programming within an organization, two novel components are included: first, a typology of sponsoring organizations is presented. This allows the reader to study program development in greater detail through a categorization of the sponsoring institutions. Second, organizational theory is applied to the process of programming in adult education. To be successful, the adult educator must be able to analyze both the existing organizational climate as well as to devise programs compatible with this environment. Kowalski has written a valuable resource and guide for those faced with the responsibilities of planning adult education programs in their own particular setting.
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Theodore J. Kowalski is Dean of the Teachers College and a Professor in the Center for Lifelong Learning at Ball State University. He also serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Public School Study Council, a research and development consortium of twenty-three of the state’s largest school districts. President-elect of the Indiana Community Education Association, he is a former teacher, principal and school superintendent.

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SUNY Press
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218
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9781438409597
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English
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Education / Adult & Continuing Education
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