ERIC Number: ED134242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Adult Basic Education Follow-up Study, 1973-75. Final Report.
Becker, William J.; And Others
A follow-up study of students who had been enrolled in the adult basic education (ABE) program sponsored by Gateway Technical Institute during 1973, 1974, and 1975 was conducted in order to ascertain the program's effectiveness in both the cognitive and affective areas of the students' lives. Data were collected from a random sample of former students by means of personal interviews, with 270 usable responses obtained. Results of the study indicated: (1) reading and math were areas in which ABE was able to help students achieve their goals; (2) ABE experiences helped students to speak English better, to write, read, and use mathematics better, and in some cases, helped students obtain the GED or to continue their education; (3) most respondents experienced no change in employment status from time of ABE entry to time of follow-up; (4) some respondents felt that the ABE program had improved their relationships with their children and families; (5) a majority did not feel ABE helped improve their management of money; and (6) more than 20% reported increased self-confidence and communication ability. Because of the difficulty experienced in gathering data for this study (resistance to interviews, lack of current addresses), a model for ABE follow-up studies is described in detail. Study-related materials are appended. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Gateway Technical Inst., Kenosha, WI.