Sizzling analyses of quantitative data need not be reserved for statisticians. Simple procedures exist which can enhance the effectiveness of commonly-used statistical models and tests. This article discusses statistical applications within the context of existing research and emphasizes the importance of advance planning.
Societal demands for increased competency among professionals has led to greater scrutiny of continuing professional education. As one avenue of instruction for ministry professionals, the traditional workshop requires improvement in light of current research, which describes the learning perspectives of practitioners. Suggestions for improved workshop design and implementation are discussed.
Despite widespread use by adult education providers, needs assessment is virtually ignored in the local church. Research on the subject suggests that needs assessment can be a valuable tool for developing effective programs. This article discusses the meaning of need, useful procedures for conducting an assessment, and implications for educational programs.
Experimentation with the survey method has increased markedly among church educational leaders. However, acquisition of reliable information has been hindered by poor item design, haphazard construction of response formats, unestablished analysis procedures, and hasty data collection. This article explores solutions to these problems from the research literature and provides relevant illustrations.
For many years, the problem of increasing adult interest in learning activities has intrigued instructors. Research on the personal and situational aspects of adult life suggests that four major elements of instruction contribute to increased motivation: supportive climate, relevant content, learner participation in course planning, and stimulation.