ERIC Number: ED315654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Project PROVE. Parolees and Probationers Realize Opportunities via Education. Final Report 1988-89. A National Adult Education Discretionary Program.
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Project PROVE was a 1-year research project that determined the effectiveness of specific adult basic education (ABE) instructional techniques compared to those used in traditional ABE programs. The effectiveness of a strong communication linkage between the Jefferson County Probation and Parole Office (JCPPO) and Jefferson County Public Schools in increasing the participation and success of the clients was also examined. Beginning in November 1988, clients referred by the JCPPO to the public schools received systematic, individualized instruction involving teacher-directed group instruction, individualized self-instruction, computer-aided instruction, volunteer tutors, and peer tutors. Each student spent 3 hours in class each day. Of the 215 probationers and parolees referred to Project PROVE, 123 individuals were assessed and enrolled. Thirty of the enrollees were women, and 93 were men. Seventy enrollees were black, and 53 were white. During the year of project operation, 13 General Educational Development (GEDs) diplomas were awarded, and 12 other individuals had begun the GED testing process. Quantitative data showed grade-level increases and GED passing rates significantly greater than those customarily seen in a traditional adult education setting. A monitoring process was found essential to ensure enrollment and ongoing participation with this population. Qualitative information indicated that the teaching philosophy and techniques implemented in this project had a positive effect in changing attitudes and perceptions. (Eleven appendices contain an instructional preference scale, two graphic explanations of the project's instructional design, a referral form, an education plan form, a weekly progress report, and three charts and a table that report the study's findings.) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Attitude Change, Computer Assisted Instruction, Correctional Rehabilitation, Demonstration Programs, Group Instruction, High School Equivalency Programs, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Peer Teaching, Teaching Methods, Tutors, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky (Louisville)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests