ERIC Number: ED448307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Out on a Limb.
Gladden, Karen; Rivera, Karen; Russell, Sherry
This book uses poetry and essays to share how welfare reform has affected the lives of a group of female adult literacy students from western Massachusetts. After a brief explanation of the book's purpose, the women who presented their views in the book's poems and essays are profiled. Presented next are six poems that several of the women wrote to share their views on males' stereotypes of women and the difficulties of coping with welfare reform. The essay "A Day in the Life" gives a glimpse into the daily life of one woman who is trying to attend literacy classes while navigating the welfare system and also caring for her children. "How Has Welfare Reform Affected Your Life?" presents some of the women's responses in interviews focusing on general and specific aspects of welfare reform, the relationship of education to welfare reform and employment, and welfare reform's impacts on recipients' emotions and family. "What Helps You Keep Going?" and "What Do You Recommend? What Would Help You To Meet Your Goals?" focus on strategies for coping with the difficulties of meeting the requirements imposed by welfare reform. "Learning Tools--The Tree and Carolyn Hicks" describes two tools used by the women. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Biographies, Coping, Creative Writing, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Problems, Employment Services, Empowerment, English (Second Language), Essays, Family Life, Federal Legislation, Focus Groups, Group Discussion, High School Equivalency Programs, Individual Development, Individual Power, Interviews, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Personal Autonomy, Personal Narratives, Poetry, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Reminiscence, Self Actualization, Stress Management, Student Attitudes, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center, 765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109; Tel: 413-263-6839.
Publication Type: Creative Works; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center, Springfield, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts