What difference does adult basic education make? An analysis of self reported differences between a group of adults who have participated in adult basic education programmes and a group who have not.
In this study a group of adults who have participated in ABE programmes as learners for two to three years is compared with a group matched for employment position and scores on literacy screening tests who have had no involvement with ABE programmes. The study inquires into peoples' work situation, including their perceptions of future prospects at their place of employment, and the degree and nature of their job satisfaction, peoples' community involvement, including awareness of current issues, the extent to which they feel they can influence what happens to them, and the extent of their engagement with community issues, and peoples' personal situations, including how they use the reading and writing skills they have developed, their involvement with their children's schooling, the sources of information they rely on, their money management, their record keeping and their degree of confidence in using technical means of communication. The study also investigates people's attitudes towards adult basic education classes, and for those who have participated in them, their own perception of changes effected, gains and sacrifices made, and whether the effort has been, for them personally, worthwhile. Differences and similarities between the groups in the areas of their work situation, their educational experience and attitudes towards education and in literacy-related practices are analysed statistically and discussed. All comparisons between the groups are explored and discussed in the contexts of the learners' own lives and experiences as described by them.
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"One size fits all?" : a study into the participation dynamics of adults in the functional adult literacy program in Mwizi sub-county, Uganda. Busingye, Janice Desire. (2005)The study was conducted in Mwizi, Mbarara District, South Western Uganda. The major purpose was to find out if a uniform method of planning a programme fitted the unique characteristics of the people for whom it was intended, ...
Why are large numbers of illiterate adult members of the Luthuli rural community not attending ABET classes? : an investigation of their needs and aspirations regarding adult basic education and training. Chili, Blessing Bongani. (2007)It is suprising that many people, especially in rural areas, remain illiterate despite efforts by the government to have all people of South Africa literate. This study examines factors that make it impractical or unattractive ...
The sociological implications of basic educational deficiencies among black adults, and strategies to facilitate the provision of adult education in South Africa. Singh, Sundrakanthi. (1996)Statistics suggest that there are approximately 15 million educationally deficient adults in South Africa (Population Census, 1991). Given the widespread extent of educational deficiency among black adults, and the weak ...