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ERIC Number: EJ836285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Reaching Adults Who Want More Education: The Power of Peers
Goto, Stanford; Spitzer, Rosalind; Sadouk, Jennifer
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n1 p44-47 Spr 2009
Adult educators are well aware of the need to understand the communities they serve. This is important, not only to improve teaching, but also to make programs more accessible. The Adult Learning Research Project (Goto, Martin, Goulet, Robinson, and Furtado, in press) was designed to gather preliminary information about communities that are underserved by adult education in Whatcom County, Washington. General Educational Development (GED) students were asked to describe the needs and perspectives of community members who desire more education but do not return to school. The central purpose of this work was to determine why eligible adults do not seek further education and to devise ways of helping them achieve their goals. Drawing on findings from this study, program coordinators at Bellingham Technical College and Skagit Valley College implemented new outreach strategies that targeted local communities. This article describes these strategies and draws broader conclusions about reaching underserved populations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests