ERIC Number: ED207649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Adult Basic Education in Community Colleges. Junior College Resource Review.
Grede, John; Friedlander, Jack
Statistics and studies are reviewed to provide an overview of adult basic education (ABE) programs in community colleges. The review begins by presenting statistics on the magnitude of the adult literacy problem in the United States, citing information such as: over 57 million adults in America not enrolled in high school have less than a high school education; almost 23 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 do not have skills adequate to perform basic tasks such as addressing a letter; and there is an incredible gap between the number of persons who need literacy programs and those who were actually receiving it. Next, efforts to reduce adult illiteracy are summarized, at the national and state levels. The paper then traces the growing involvement of community colleges in ABE, citing reasons community colleges want responsibility for ABE and following the transfer of control over ABE functions from the secondary schools to the community colleges. The next two sections focus on the characteristics of ABE students and instructors. After a section on the levels of instruction and other factors affecting the effectiveness of ABE classes, the paper reviews funding considerations, such as costs, federal and state support, and special grant programs. The final section assesses the role of ABE within the context of the community college mission. A bibliography follows the resource review. (AYC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, College Instruction, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Responsibility, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Secondary Education, State Aid, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.