ERIC Number: ED229552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Operation Bridge. A Final Report. Book 1.
Bowers, Robert F.
Operation Bridge was created by the Detroit Public Schools to train counselors to work with adult education students in outreach sites and traditional adult education centers. Thirteen adult educator-trainees received training via course work on the counseling process and counseling practices at Michigan State University, internships at social service agencies, and inservice programs. Through this training, participants significantly increased their positive feelings about themselves, their behavior, and their personal and social selves. These adult advisors then provided academic, personal, and vocational counseling to adult education students. At the conclusion of the training period, adult education students were divided into a control group of 248 who had not had contact with the advisors and a group of the same number of students who had received counseling from the counselor-trainees. The experimental group showed a modest gain in test scores, employment, further education, self-concept, and problem-solving skills as well as a reduction in public assistance and attrition rates. In addition, the group who had received counseling gave positive evaluations of their advisors. Modifications of the training program were suggested for the future. Student and advisor trainee evaluation responses are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Adult Extended Learning Services.
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Adult Education.