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The Rise and Decline of the Chautauqua Movement and its Lessons for 21st Century Civic Adult Education
by Ferati, Ferki, Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2017, 73; 10666705
Abstract (Summary)

This study focuses on mass civic adult education reform. It inquires how lessons learned from the Chautauqua Movement, a movement that was funded through philanthropy and exploded throughout the United States and Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, can be applied to popular civic adult education reform today. At its peak, the Chautauqua Movement engaged more than 50 million people annually (or almost 50% of the total population at the time), playing a major role in building shared values among Protestant dominations, and kept adults without access to formal education informed. With the Chautauqua Movement’s contraction, a void in mass civic adult education was never filled.

The aim of this inquiry is threefold. First, it aims to understand the tenets of the Chautauqua movement and how this movement became so popular among adults. Second, it seeks to understand why the Chautauqua Movement declined. Third, this inquiry discusses lessons of the Chautauqua Movement for twenty-first century civic adult education. The approach of this inquiry is a historical case study and uses archives, mapping, and interviews for a mixed methods view of this very complex phenomenon in American history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McClure, Maureen W.
Commitee: Garvey, William P., Weidman, John C.
School: University of Pittsburgh
Department: Social and Comparative analysis in Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 79/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Education philosophy
Keywords: Adult education, Chautauqua, Chautauqua movement, Civic education, John Vincent, Social capital
Publication Number: 10666705
ISBN: 978-0-355-33247-6
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