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ERIC Number: ED535303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
The Importance of Social Interaction and Support for Women Learners: Evidence from Family Literacy Programs. Research Brief #2
Prins, Esther; Toso, Blaire Willson; Schafft, Kai
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Although many women value and benefit from social interaction in adult education and family literacy, these social dimensions are often treated as tangential or inconsequential. Utilizing data from two studies of family literacy programs in Pennsylvania, this study examined how family literacy programs provide a supportive social space for women in poverty. The authors found that many learners had limited social support and social ties with people outside their program and few opportunities for recreation. As such, family literacy programs fulfilled important social functions by enabling women to leave the house, enjoy social contact and support, engage in informal counseling, pursue self-discovery and development, and establish supportive relationships with teachers. In sum, adult education and family literacy programs play an important role in helping women in poverty receive social support and, in turn, enhance their psychosocial well-being. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State University, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania