ERIC Number: ED329751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Homeless Adults: The First Year.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
The Adult Education for the Homeless programs implemented by the states followed one of four approaches. The Development/Capacity-Building approach emphasized program structure and model-building. The Urban Focus approach was tailored to reach the maximum number of students. The Services to Women approach tried to meet women's special needs. A statewide approach focused on developing a variety of class locations and instructional techniques. The programs served 18,000 homeless individuals; more than half were located in only 10 states. All races and ages were represented, but the most typical participant was white, male, and 25-44 years old. One-half of the staff of 1,500 were volunteers. Few paid staff worked full time. Barriers to success fell into three groups: personal difficulties, external barriers, and obstacles inherent to the program. More than 500 adults earned a General Educational Development certificate, and an additional 100 received some other type of adult diploma. Key elements of program success included a stable living environment; individualized instruction; well-trained volunteers; instruction in practical tasks; and individualized education plans. Recommendations for future success include providing the following improvements: increased residential stability; alternative curricula; staff development; women's programs; nontraditional testing; and program evaluations. (Appendixes include: listings of state contacts and resource organizations; authorizing legislation; and rules and regulations.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987