ERIC Number: ED112119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Last Gamble on Education: Dynamics of Adult Basic Education.
Mezirow, Jack; And Others
The book, the result of a two-year research project on urban adult basic education (ABE) develops comprehensive and analytical descriptions of significant aspects in the ABE program operation and classroom interaction, and the perspectives of those involved. The study was conducted in large city public schools throughout the country, and the information gathered is presented in chapter form, following an introduction stating methodology and rationale: ABE--The Only Game in Town points out divergent objectives and funding on local, State, and Federal levels; Classroom Dynamics describes student diversity, enrollment, conduct, failure syndrome, testing, teaching approaches, and discipline; The Students deals with motivational reasons for enrolling in terms of race, sex, and age; Teachers and Counselors supplies background and salary information, and perceptions of students and curriculum; Paraprofessionals supplies background and funding information, and defines job duties and recruitment--selection process; Directors explores background and perspectives on students, teachers, the program, funding, salary, and status; Hustling the Community discusses variables in achieving funding and facilities; Improving the Odds analyzes program improvements in terms of the students involved. (The document is indexed.) (LH)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Students, Community Involvement, Education, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Paraprofessional Personnel, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Administration, Program Improvement, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center for Adult Education.; Adult Education Association of U.S.A., Washington, DC.
Note: Appendixes A and B have been deleted due to irreproducibility