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ERIC Number: EJ836281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Poverty, Residential Mobility, and Persistence across Urban and Rural Family Literacy Programs in Pennsylvania
Schafft, Kai A.; Prins, Esther S.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n1 p3-12 Spr 2009
This study investigates how poverty and residential mobility affect adult persistence and participation in family literacy (FL) programs. Combining data from interviews with directors and participants from a sample of FL sites in Pennsylvania, this study examines (a) the perceptions of practitioners and adult learners regarding the role of residential instability in shaping FL program persistence for low-income adults, and (b) how determinants of persistence may vary across urban and rural contexts. We argue that poverty mobility coupled with particular structural features of community is often more salient to program persistence than are features of individual programs and/or participant "motivation." (Contains 2 tables and 3 endnotes.)
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania