ERIC Number: ED241698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
State of the Art in Adult Basic Education.
Delker, Paul V.
A study was conducted to determine the state of the art in adult basic educational programs funded by the state-administered programs of the Adult Education Act (Public Law 91-230). Data for the study were gathered through mail surveys of state educational agency directors of adult education (100 percent), a random sample of 420 local directors of adult education, plus on-site visits to randomly selected local projects that included interviews with project directors, randomly selected teachers, representatives of community agencies, and students. The study clarified the fact that the act supports not a single, uniform program but three distinct programs: adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), and English as a second language (ESL). The study found that adults who participated in adult basic education were relatively young with diverse ethnicity and that women outnumbered men. Students were most likely to be seeking a secondary school equivalency degree or proficiency in the English language. The study also found that programs cover diverse subjects and use a vast array of learning formats, methods, and techniques. Individualized instruction was the dominant approach in adult basic and secondary education, while a combination of group and individualized instruction was dominant in English-as-a-second-language programs. Competency-based educational techniques were also popular. The study found that about 40,000 instructors taught adult education, most of them part-time and that most of them had more than three years of experience in teaching adults. The study concluded that the projects had been successful and that, for the future, programs should be more clearly targeted for helping local projects serve the population groups. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED). Washington, DC. Div. of National Vocational Programs.
Identifiers: Adult Education Act 1978; National Adult Literacy Project
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Literacy Conference (Washington, DC, January 19-20, 1984). For other conference papers, see ED 240 287-390 and CE 038 370.