ERIC Number: ED250552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
How ABE Improves the Quality of Life of Its Students.
Petry, John R.; Jones, Paul L.
A study examined the effects of participation in Adult Basic Education (ABE) on quality of life. To gather data for the study, researchers mailed packages of questionnaires to the supervisors of 89 ABE programs that served 2,225 students throughout Tennessee. Packages of completed survey instruments were returned from 72 of these programs, thus providing data concerning 1,623 ABE students from the potential sample. Based on an analysis of the completed survey instruments, it was concluded that ABE is having a positive impact on the quality of life of the individuals participating in it. ABE program participation was perceived as having a positive effect on the individual in terms of self-expression, self-concept, family life, leisure, relationships with others, life in general, and the individual's function as a member of society. Males, older males, and those who have been in the program longest tended to be more positive than did other groups regarding the impact of ABE in improving quality of life. Since data indicated that older adults are more positive in their perceptions concerning the variables measured, it was recommended that ABE teachers and administrators review their curricula to see if the needs of young adults are being met. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14, 1984).