ERIC Number: ED351541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Arkansas Adult Education for the Homeless Project. An Evaluation.
Arkansas State Univ., State University.
An evaluation was conducted of the Arkansas adult education for homeless persons program funded through the Stewart B. McKinney Act. Evaluation activities included the following: a review of program applications; onsite inspection of the classrooms and materials for the homeless; observation of class activities; and interviews with program directors, shelter and agency administrators, program instructors, classroom aides, and a sample of participants from programs operating during the evaluation period. Evaluation results included the following: (1) adult education for homeless persons projects provide a variety of education services through a diversified and appropriate delivery system; (2) homeless adults recognize their needs and are very much interested in becoming better trained, educated, and employed; (3) adult education programs need to be extended to provide education for life; (4) conventional quality achievement measurements may not be appropriate for evaluation of projects for the homeless; (5) project personnel are dedicated and competent; and (6) positive community relationships between homeless and residential populations may be enhanced by education for the homeless programs as evidenced by staff interactions with other resource and service providers. Recommendations were made to develop lessons for students who attend only a few hours or a few sessions, for recruiting strategies planned to maximize networking opportunities, for complete monthly reports submitted to the state adult education office, and for student progress assessment and recording periodically during the project period. (The report contains profiles of successful practices, such as sign puzzles, success building, and community networking, and an appendix includes evaluation questionnaires). (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas State Univ., State University.
Identifiers: Arkansas; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987