ERIC Number: ED244135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Outcomes and Impact of Adult Basic Education. Research Monograph Number 6.
Darkenwald, Gordon G.; Valentine, Thomas
A study was conducted to analyze the impact of adult basic education (ABE) in New Jersey. Following an extensive review of previous ABE impact studies, data were gathered from a specially selected sample of adult ABE students through an open-ended questionnaire administered by telephone interviews. Students were questioned about their reasons for participation, employment-related outcomes, academic outcomes, affective outcomes, principal benefits gained from participation; and cost benefits of the program were analyzed. All outcomes were positive. For example, program participants were more likely than nonparticipants to have found a job, while promotions, improved earnings, and enhanced job performance exhibited similar gains. The great majority of the participants reported that ABE had helped them to improve their reading, writing, and mathematics skills and said they were applying these skills in their daily lives. In addition, more than 9 of 10 participants reported that they felt better about themselves as a result of participation in the program. In fact, the respondents called increased self-confidence, along with increased academic skill, the principal benefit gained. The study concluded that ABE is cost-effective and prepared a model of procedures for conducting future student follow-up studies. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Cost Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Employment, Followup Studies, High School Equivalency Programs, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Methodology, Self Actualization, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Unemployment
Center for Adult Development, Rutgers University, 10 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 ($6.00; 10 or more--$4.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Center for Adult Development.
Identifiers: New Jersey; 310 Project
Note: Final report of the Outcomes and Impact of Adult Basic Skills Education in New Jersey Project.