ERIC Number: ED335483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin Adult Education for the Homeless. Program Evaluation Final Report.
Wesselius Associates, Kenosha, WI.
Four adult education programs serving homeless persons in Wisconsin were evaluated. Data were gathered through site visits, a review of program documents, and a survey of 43 homeless individuals served by the programs (7 percent of the total population served). Participants expressed very positive feelings about the programs. Many reported that their basic skill levels had improved and that they felt more optimistic and better about themselves. The number of persons who returned to classes or enrolled in other educational activities since leaving the homeless programs was very high. Interviews with program and shelter staff showed a high degree of cooperation in three of the sites and indicated that, although the fourth site was experiencing difficulty, personnel changes were expected to improve the situation. Barriers to program implementation included personal characteristics of participants and inherent problems in the programs, such as lack of facilities. The homeless education programs did not compete with other literacy programs, since they served persons out of the mainstream. As a result of the evaluation, recommendations for program improvement involving leadership were made to the State Department of Education and recommendations for program operation were made to local program staff. (Site visit interview forms and participant surveys are appended.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wesselius Associates, Kenosha, WI.