ERIC Number: ED475125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Welfare-to-Work and Learning Disability Interventions in Kansas Community College Settings: Phase IV, Learning Disability Assessment Project. Project Final Report.
Mellard, Daryl; Johnson, Richard
The Road to Success (RtS) program was designed to introduce hard-to-employ adults with learning disabilities and other cognitive barriers to ways of learning that are will enable them to learn the skills and knowledge they will need as employees and in their everyday lives. Originally developed to serve welfare recipients in Kansas, RtS was eventually expanded to serve all clients of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The RtS curriculum, which was delivered in 6-week workshops by community college instructors, was based on a cognitive model of adult learning, featuring techniques such as advance organizers, explicit description, verbal rehearsal, modeling, and specific feedback. In addition to teaching transferable learning strategies, the curriculum focused on the following "soft skills" so strongly supported by the employment sector: social skills, sense of community, self-determination, employability skills, and knowledge of employment rights and responsibilities. The program has proved highly successful. Sixty-three percent of RtS attendees successfully completed the workshop. Pretest/posttest data established that all participants made measurable gains in their sense of work ethic, self-sufficiency, positive attitude, and communication skills. Close collaboration between the RtS participants' case managers and their RtS instructors was deemed a key factor in the program's success. (Forty-six tables are included. Fourteen charts and a 22-item bibliography are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Advance Organizers, Cognitive Processes, Community Colleges, Employment Potential, Feedback, Integrated Curriculum, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Labor Legislation, Learning Disabilities, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Legal Responsibility, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Self Determination, Skill Development, Thinking Skills, Transfer of Training, Two Year Colleges, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Work Ethic
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Center for Research on Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas