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Improving Basic Skills [microform] : The Effects of Adult Education in Welfare-to-Work Programs. National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies / Johannes M. Bos, Susan Scrivener and Jason Snipes
Bib ID 5691440
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Bos, Johannes M
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2002 
270 p. 

The effects of adult education in welfare-to-work programs were examined in a national evaluation of welfare-to-work strategies. The evaluation used a random research design to estimate the overall effects of welfare-to-work programs in the following states: Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, and California. The study focused on the following issues: the quality of the education services provided; the extent to which welfare recipients participate in education and earn education credentials; the value of the education services provided; and the value of basic skills and education credentials in the labor market during the mid-1990s. The following were among the key findings: (1) even when welfare recipients preferred not to enter adult education, welfare-to-work programs substantially increased their receipt of such education; (2) assignment to education-focused programs did not generally appear to have substantial payoffs for welfare recipients in terms of education outcomes; and (3) earning a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, increasing basic skills, or subsequently participating in postsecondary programs yielded substantial benefits in terms of employment, earnings, and self-sufficiency. The following items are appended: discussions of the data sources and research samples; five supplementary tables; and descriptions and discussions of the survey instruments and subgroups.( Contains 63 references and 54 tables/figures.) (MN)


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Sponsoring Agency: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.

Sponsoring Agency: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: HHS-100-89-0030.

ERIC Note: Written with Christine Schwartz and Johanna Walter.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adult Education.  |  Adult Learning.  |  Basic Skills.  |  College Programs.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Education Work Relationship.  |  Educational Attainment.  |  Educational Research.  |  Employment Level.  |  Employment Programs.  |  Employment Qualifications.  |  English (Second Language)  |  Enrollment Trends.  |  High School Equivalency Programs.  |  Literacy Education.  |  Literature Reviews.  |  National Surveys.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Performance Factors.  |  Postsecondary Education.  |  Program Effectiveness.  |  Public Policy.  |  Salary Wage Differentials.  |  Skill Development.  |  State Programs.  |  Welfare Recipients.  |  Welfare Services.  |  Self Sufficiency Welfare to Work Programs  |  California General Educational Development Tests Georgia Impact Studies Michigan Ohio Oklahoma Oregon
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.
Other authors/contributors Scrivener, Susan, author  |  Snipes, Jason, author  |  Hamilton, Gayle, author  |  Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY
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