ERIC Number: ED330900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
". . . This Is a Lifetime Thing." Outcomes for Adult Basic Education Students from Hackney Adult Education Institute and the Hackney Reading Centre.
A project invesitgated the current whereabouts of students whose names appeared on adult basic education class registers during October 1986 in Hackney, England. The city was identified by 1981 census data as the most deprived local authority area in England and Wales. Returns were received from 375 students (out of 506 to whom questionnaires were sent). Tutors were asked to record relevant information about the students. Discussions were held with students and tutors. Of the 375 students, 252 had left or moved on; 123 still attended their original class. The external factors in people's lives--work and other commitments-were given most often as the reason for leaving. Factors that affected choices about student progression were fear of failure, finding the right course, and readiness. Links had been created between adult basic education courses and two further education courses designed for "post-basic" literacy students. They showed a fundamental difference between the concept of a "post-basic" literacy student able to learn quickly and the adult basic education student ready to move on after many years of slow progress. Students with learning difficulties were transferred from further education to adult education institutes. Language, literacy, and numeracy support was provided for advanced students in further or higher education courses. Recommendations are made with regard to policy, management, education advice services, staff development, and further research. (16 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Ancillary School Services, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Followup Studies, Foreign Countries, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, School Holding Power, Student Attrition
Access to Learning for Adults, Marlborough Bldg., Room 306, 383 Holloway Road, London N7 0RN, England (2.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Access to Learning for Adults, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)