ERIC Number: ED197201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Program Impact: ABE/GED in Maryland.
Walker, Sharon M.; And Others
A study was conducted among adults enrolled in adult basic education (ABE) General Educational Development (GED) courses to determine their perceptions of the impact of the ABE/GED programs on their employment/economic position, skill and knowledge acquisition, community involvement, attitudinal changes, personal relationships, and continuing education. After a review of the literature, a questionnaire was constructed and orally administered to 120 randomly selected ABE/GED students in three Maryland counties. The interviews were supplemented with group discussions, classroom observations, and case studies. Results of the research suggest that the major changes ascribed to participation were ln the affective domain. Participants reported improved self-concepts and increased feelings of personal worth. They also reported significant improvement in skill areas such as reading, writing, computation, and consumer behavior. The most improved skill was mathematical ability. Involvement in community organizations also increased slightly, growing in relation to time in the program. Although no positive economic impact could be documented, many participants reported that they anticipated getting jobs, promotions, and so forth as a result of their involvement in the program. Many of the participants planned to continue in the program to earn their GED. (The authors note the study is limited by its interviews of current participants rather than of students who have completed the program, and its ability to measure only perceptlons of impact, rather than actual impact, of ABE/GED on the participants.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Maryland State Commission on Interracial Problems, Baltimore.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Lifelong Learning Research Conference (College Park, MD, Februrary 6-7, 198l).