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ERIC Number: ED378450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 171
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Longitudinal Study of Adult Literacy Participants in Tennessee. Year Two Report.
Merrifield, Juliet; And Others
The Longitudinal Study of Adult Literacy Participants was designed to assess the long-term impacts of adult literacy programs on quality of life. During the second year, a follow-up interview was used to survey socioeconomic, personal, social, and health changes. Baseline data for Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 were compared in four major areas: demographic characteristics, employment comparisons, self-esteem, and marriage, family, and health issues. Results of follow-up interviews with Cohort 1 approximately 12-20 months after the initial interviews indicated the following: over half of the participants were no longer enrolled in the adult basic education (ABE) program; nearly all reported participation made a difference; almost half noted that the biggest change occurred in reading/writing/math improvement; new employment gain was 9 percent; all who gained a job left the program; the group of continued employed enjoyed highest self-esteem; the recently employed showed the highest gain in self-esteem; 61 percent felt better about their children's progress in school and 53 percent felt better about their relationship with their child; 84 percent reported changes in everyday use of literacy; and participants were more likely to report being healthy. ABE policy implications fell into five areas: participation, employment, self-esteem, involvement with children, and everyday literacy. (Appendixes include Baseline 1 vs. Baseline 2 frequencies, Cohort 1 follow-up frequencies, and follow-up questionnaire.) Contains nine references. (YLB)
Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee, 2046 Terrace Avenue, Knoxville, TN 27996-4351 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Center for Literacy Studies.
Note: For the year one report, see CE 068 280.