ERIC Number: ED183730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of Adult Basic Education in Virginia, 1970-1978.
Sherron, Ronald H.
A statwide evaluation study of Adult Basic Education (ABE) in Virginia was conducted during the 1977-78 school year and its findings compared to those of a 1970-71 study. The program factors addressed include the following: actions taken on the 1970-71 recommendations; student personnel services; instructional program; curriculum design; the demographic characteristics, educational background, professional experience and job activities of the local ABE supervisor, teacher, and counselor; and the profile and Adult Performance Level (APL) Survey results for ABE students. The findings indicated that action has been taken on thirty-nine of the seventy-five state-level recommendations made in the 1970-71 study. Many of the recommendations will take years to fully implement but progress is being made on most of then. Seventy-five percent (an increase of 12 percent since 1970) of the ABE supervisors indicated that their teachers did not have access to a trained counselor. There has been a slow but progressive growth in student enrollment since 1970. Currently, 89 percent of the teachers versus 87 percent in 1970 use heterogenous grouping within their classes. A good variety of instructional techniques are being used. The major shift since 1970 is a 10 percent decrease in field trips. The average score of 25.54 of the 1,251 students who took the APL Survey indicates that their level of functional competency is below average. (This report includes recommendations following each finding and 100 tables.) (EM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Characteristics, Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Ancillary School Services, Basic Skills, Educational Assessment, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Followup Studies, Instruction, Minimum Competency Testing, Profiles, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Demography, School Districts, Scores, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Adult Education Service.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond. School of Education.
Identifiers: Adult Performance Level; Virginia
Note: Pages with broken type will not reproduce well.