ERIC Number: ED373163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Utilizing an Innovative Evaluation Model To Assess Impacts of Training Adult Educators on Reaching Limited Resource Audiences.
Safrit, R. Dale; And Others
An interagency conference, Reading Families and Youth Who Have Limited Resources, was held in September 1992. Over a 2-day period, 186 adult educators and human service professionals participated in 27 different workshops. An innovative evaluation model was developed to assess the impacts of conference participation on reaching audiences who have limited resources. Pre- and post-assessments were administered to evaluate adult educators' knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations in working with limited resource audiences and to collect basic participant demographic data. A longitudinal follow-up evaluation was conducted to evaluate these same concepts 12 months after the conference. Findings indicated that adult educators increased their knowledge about limited resource audiences and how to work effectively with them. Attitudes and skills of professionals in working with limited resource audiences were measured. Qualitative data also identified successes and challenges when teaching limited resource individuals. Successes were reported in nutrition-related and money management educational programs and programs for urban youth. A number of challenges were identified: recruitment and maintenance of small groups, teaching in mandated programs, interacting with families/individuals in crisis, timing of programs, lack of client commitment, fear of group pressure, and inability to evaluate programs effectively. (Instruments are appended.) (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on the Practice of Adult Education and Social Development (Jinan, China, April 13-18, 1994).