Changing Approaches to Studying Adult Education.

Huey B. Long, Roger Hiemstra, and Associates

Copyright © 1980 by: Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 94104 & Jossey-Bass Limited, 28 Banner Street, London EC1Y 8QE in Association with the Adult Education Associaiton of the USA.

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Table of Contents

Preface ( Introductory Comments) (Page xi)

The Authors (Authors' Titles) (Page xix)

Chapter One: A Perspective on Adult Education Research - Huey B. Long (Page 1)

Research Incentives

Defining Adult Education Research

Special Characteristics of Adult Education Research

The Literature

Review of Development

Chapter Two: Basic Elements in Planning and Practicing Research - Huey B. Long and Roger Hiemstra (Page 22)

Research Needs of Adult Educators

Research Needs of the Field

Approach to Research

Preparing the Proposal

Preparing the Dissertation

Continuing the Process

Chapter Three: Humanistic Historical Research - Robert A. Carlson (Page 41)

Intent and Approach

Steps in the Process

Writing Style and Format

An Alternative Way

Chapter Four: Survey Research - Gary Dickinson and Adrian Blunt (Page 50)

Nature and Purpose

Advantages and Disadvantages

Elements of Survey Design

Problems of Survey Research

Chapter Five: Field Research and Grounded Theory - Gordon G. Darkenwald (Page 63)

Nature of Grounded Theory

Data Collection and Analysis

Integration with Survey Methods

Chapter Six: Experimental Research - Huey B. Long (Page 78)

Basic Logic and Mill's Canons


Kinds of Experimental Designs

Handling the Critical Elements: Examples

Explanations for Limited Use of Experimental Method

Factors Favoring Use of the Experimental Method

Need for Experimental Research

Chapter Seven: Central Issues in Scientific Methodology - Robert D. Boyd (Page 100)

Theoretical Frameworks

Methodological Difficulties


Chapter Eight: Trends in Graduate Research - Stanley M. Grabowski (Page 119)





The Future

Epilogue - Roger Hiemstra and Huey B. Long (Page 129)

Theoretical Foundations

Future Directions

References (Page 138)

Index (Page 152)

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