ERIC Number: ED404472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Self-Directed Learning Readiness and Homelessness.
Matuszowicz, P. F.
Research has confirmed the link between a number of psychosocial issues (including limited/lacking social networks, learned helplessness, substance abuse, and emotional problems) and homelessness. Research has further established that those psychosocial issues are interlinked by the common denominator of depression, the recognized cognitive treatment of which is similar to the development of self-directed learning (SDL). A pilot study was conducted to examine the value of a new SDL learning module in mitigating the psychosocial factors leading to homelessness. The SDL learning module, which was based on a self-directed group module for adults that was developed by Rutland and Guglielmino, was presented in 10 weekly meetings that were attended by 8 volunteers of an original sample of 27 prospective participants from a homeless shelter. The module's impact on participants' development of SDL readiness was measured by using Guglielmino's Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale (SDLRS). Of the three individuals who took the SDLRS posttest, only one scored higher on the posttest than on the pretest (earning scores of 256 on the posttest and 243 on the pretest). All three individuals who took both tests credited the learning module with improving their intimate relationships and communication skills. (Contains 50 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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