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ERIC Number: ED437578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
Changes in Learners' Lives One Year after Enrollment in Literacy Programs. An Analysis from the Longitudinal Study of Adult Literacy Participants in Tennessee.
Bingman, Mary Beth; Ebert, Olga; Smith, Michael
To assess the long-term impacts of adult literacy programs, the Center for Literacy Studies conducted the Longitudinal Study of Adult Literacy Participants in Tennessee from 1991-95. The study focused on changes in the lives of 450 participants in the domains of work, family, and community after they enrolled in literacy programs. Participants from three cohorts (1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94) were enrolled at literacy Level One, and their initial scores on the Adult Basic Learning Exam reading test were below the sixth-grade level. Follow-up studies were administered annually through 1995, although the number of participants who could be located diminished each year. Results were analyzed from the responses of 199 adults from the 3 cohorts who took part in a follow-up interview approximately 1 year after their initial enrollment. The 116 questions dealt with employment, literacy practices, involvement with children's schooling, community awareness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Participants reported positive change on at least one item in each category, including a higher rate of employment, increased self-esteem, increased involvement in community organizations, and increases in some uses of literacy. Data showed no significant changes in community awareness or in how people felt about their community; no greater likelihood of attending community meetings or talking about politics; no significant increase in reading or in involvement in children's education; and few significant changes in life satisfaction. (Contains 16 references.) (YLB)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For a related study, see CE 079 669.