Destinations of adult literacy students: A longitudinal study

Year: 1994

Author: Griffin, Patrick E.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

A longitudinal study of adult literacy has reached the third data collection phase. Over 400 adult literacy program clients have been interviewed over a three-year period. Case study and survey techniques have been used. Changes in employment, education, social and community activity have been monitored. A series of data reduction procedures based on scale definition have identified changes over time mapped in developmental scales of perceived community involvement, effects of literacy programs, attitudes to work, education and reading habits.

The study also illustrates the effect of persistence in adult training programs in terms of expectations and aspirations in employment and education. Explanations are explored for changes identified in the lives of participating adults.