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ERIC Number: ED353462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-21
Pages: 11
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Literacy Issues of "Women in Development" in Developed Countries.
Van Tilburg, Emmalou
Students and teachers in adult literacy programs in Columbus, Ohio, and London, England, were interviewed using structured questions relating to past educational history, perceptions of encouragers and barriers to participation in education, support systems, the nature of success, and future expectations. Those interviewed were selected by teachers and administrators using a process of elimination based on willingness and availability to be interviewed. Through the data collection process a clear subpopulation of literacy students emerged: women in development who had been transplanted in developed country situations and were now pursuing adult education. All these women shared the same goals of participation in adult education with the hope of obtaining a degree or certificate that would be recognized. Results, reported in anecdotal comments, showed that most of the women felt that they were pursuing education for themselves, for their own satisfaction, and for their futures. Although they often lacked support from their families, they found support from friends and school personnel. Many found the school experience difficult, but they kept going, and the experience boosted their confidence. The study concluded that women of whatever educational level in developed countries often are disempowered by their backgrounds and are "women in development" much like the women literacy students. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Columbus); United Kingdom (London)