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ERIC Number: EJ1049140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
Pillars of Support: A Functional Asset-Based Framework for ABE Learners
Reynolds, Sharon; Johnson, Jerry
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v3 n3 p36-49 Fall 2014
This paper reported results from a qualitative analysis of assets and supports disclosed in the narratives of adult basic education students. These students were identified as exemplary by their instructors for academic achievement, hours of program attendance, or community service. Themes were identified using the "Four Pillars" framework to categorize and describe assets and supports that facilitated academic success. We described how different asset types manifest at each stage of the students' progression from entrance to transition. We found notable variation in the relative importance of assets across individuals and within individuals across the phases of their adult education experience. A sense of community within the ABE classroom contributed to the ability of students to persist despite difficulties, and ABE teachers were identified as the most influential pillar in the final stage of the process; transitioning to opportunities beyond the ABE program.
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - General
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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