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ERIC Number: ED365797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Atlanta Family Literacy Collaborative. Interviews of Participants: Year 1 and 2.
Nurss, Joanne R.; Singh, Ravinder
A study investigated the low rates of attendance and retention that had beset Atlanta's Family Literacy Program since its inception. To establish a meaningful dialog with participants, a qualitative interview approach was used. The sample was composed of current students, dropouts from Years 1 and 2, and graduates of Year 1. One-third of the population was randomly selected for participation, yielding the following sample sizes: 14 current students, 20 dropouts (Year 1), 14 dropouts (Year 2), and 5 graduates. Overall, the participants were happy with the program. Approximately 60 percent of the dropouts left for personal reasons, the rest for reasons of dissatisfaction with the literacy program. More Year 1 dropouts commented about the low quality of the instructors than did those in Year 2. About half of the second year dropouts were working; the other half were at home caring for their children as were over three-fourths of the Year 1 dropouts. In contrast, those women who completed the first year (graduates) were working, seeking work, or continuing in school. Teachers appeared to be the most important aspect of the program and were highly praised by students who were satisfied. Many negative comments were received about the computer program. Most mothers were pleased with the program for their children and felt they had learned a lot. The purchase of more computers, better feedback, and a more structured program were recommended. (The interview schedule is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Georgia (Atlanta)