ERIC Number: ED204497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Adult Basic Education in Tennessee, 1980.
Jones, Paul L.; Petry, John R.
A study was conducted to review the adult basic education (ABE) program in Tennessee in relation to program goals and objectives, classroom situations, student perceptions, and benefits of ABE. The evaluation team members spent 10 months collecting and compiling data relevant to program proposals, observations, special programs, supervisor-specialists ratings, and student perceptions. (Each type of data collected was analyzed and is presented as a chapter in this report. Conclusions and recommendations are presented in each chapter, along with the findings.) Concerning program goals and objectives, an analysis was performed using descriptions that were submitted by local program administrators as their plans of action for ABE. The study also incorporated an evaluation of perceptions of ABE instruction by adult learners as indicators. Self-assessment and observation data were used to make inferences about the instructional program and classroom procedures. These data, when analyzed using statistical techniques, provide a description of the teaching and learning process. The study indicates that ABE is providing individuals with educational skills. However, there is much work to be done. A challenge for all people associated with ABE is to identify creatively the means to attract new clients and to better serve those who have already chosen to return to school. To that end, specific recommendations are provided in the report. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Blacks, Evaluation Methods, Females, Inservice Teacher Education, Males, Outcomes of Education, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Recruitment, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memphis State Univ., TN. Coll. of Education.