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Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy

Although many women value and benefit from social interaction in adult education and family literacy, these social dimensions are often treated as tangential or inconsequential. Utilizing data from two studies of family literacy programs in Pennsylvania, this study examined how family literacy programs provide a supportive social space for women in poverty. The authors found that many learners had limited social support and social ties with people outside their program and few opportunities for recreation. As such, family literacy programs fulfilled important social functions by enabling women to leave the house, enjoy social contact and support, engage in informal counseling, pursue self-discovery and development, and establish supportive relationships with teachers. In sum, adult education and family literacy programs play an important role in helping women in poverty receive social support and, in turn, enhance their psychosocial well-being. (Contains 3 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Females, Adult Education, Literacy Education, Family Literacy, Poverty, Interaction, Womens Education, Social Influences, Social Support Groups, Recreational Activities, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Well Being

Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy. 405 Keller Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: 814-865-5876; Fax: 814-863-6108; e-mail: goodlinginstitute[at]psu.edu; Web site: http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/goodling-institute





Author: Prins, Esther; Toso, Blaire Willson; Schafft, Kai

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5593&id=ED535303







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