ERIC Number: ED209538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Educational Needs Assessment for Wisconsin Adults with Less than High School Graduation or GED.
Kreitlow, Burton W.; And Others
This study was conducted to assess the educational needs of Wisconsin adults aged 16 years and older who had not graduated from and were not attending high school or had not received a high school equivalency credential. The project staff interviewed 1,680 Wisconsin residents who met these criteria by telephone, using computerized random digit dialing. Results were compiled in the form of frequency analysis and cross tabulations. The following conclusions were reached, with recommendations for adult basic education (ABE) programming to meet the needs uncovered. (1) Persons in the 16-25-year-olds age range are the most cost effective target for ABE recruitment and programming; however, competing demands on their time make flexible scheduling, innovative approaches, and televised instruction a wise course. (2) Teachers should understand the needs of 16-25-year-olds; and more emphasis should be placed on preparation for high school equivalency. (3) The needs of older adults might be met through association with churches. (4) ABE's concentration on basic skills is needed and should continue. (5) The ABE program should make greater use of family and friends to teach persons who need the skills. (6) Newspapers, magazines, and books should be used as instructional materials. (7) Instructional units in the completion of various forms should be used. (8) Marketing of the program will have to become more selective and more sophisticated. (9) Special needs of minority groups will have to be met in increasing numbers. (10) ABE programs should be integrated into other adult educational activities and with vocational programs to better serve the population's needs. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Basic Skills, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Enrollment Influences, High School Equivalency Programs, Marketing, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Program Development, Program Improvement, Vocational Education, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison.