ERIC Number: ED381615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: 0
Learning To Hope: A Study of the Adult Education for the Homeless Program.
Drury, Darrel; Koloski, Judy
A comprehensive study of the Adult Education for the Homeless Program (AEH) was conducted using data from the following sources: program files; focus groups conducted with state project administrators; site visits to 9 local programs in 3 states; surveys of 32 state projects, 230 local programs, 588 service delivery sites, and 2,943 program participants; and an assessment of the literacy skills of a representative sample of new enrollees at 30 local programs. The following were among the study's major findings: AEH clients are making progress but still function at a fairly low level; establishment of the AEH-created educational services where none were available previously; AEH services are offered in residential and nonresidential settings, and nearly all local programs have implemented aggressive outreach strategies to attract homeless participants; AEH clients differ from the homeless population at large; the AEH program's limited resources and the high rate of mobility among homeless individuals pose formidable challenges to the program's ability to meet its clients' educational needs. Appended are the following: state-by-state descriptive data, state/local surveys; a document literacy test; and statistical methods and detailed results of the analyses of client participation and academic improvement. Contains 66 tables/figures and 75 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Homeless People, Literacy Education, National Programs, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Questionnaires, Reading Tests, State Federal Aid, State Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Adult Education for the Homeless Program; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987