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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:1001] RE: Adult Upgrading Students?
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Thanks for your research, Howard. So is "upgrading" designed for ANYONE who
wants to improve their skills--even to the enrichment type programs where
community members take painting classes and ballroom dancing? Sounds pretty

It seems like this is a term that hasn't been given much use.


--- wrote:

> Interesting.  I typed "define
adult upgrading students" into google
> (what did I ever do pre-google?)
and got an interesting return.
, entitled.  "4.
> Adult Literacy Lessons Learned."  (The home for this page
is a Canadian
> Government site, "Evaluation and Data Development (EDD),
one of the
> largest evaluation shops in the Federal Government, provides
> reliable, objective and timely information on the efficiency
> effectiveness of Human Resources Development Canada's (HRDC) programs."

> Anyway, this page is replete with the "upgrading" adjective.  If you
> a find on "upgrading" you eventually come to "Lesson 3 Adult literacy

> programs aimed at specific target groups appear to have better results."

> where the term "upgrading adult students" first appears.  If you
> continue
to down to the sub-section "Classroom-based Adult Basic
> Education Programs"
you will find the interesting statement: 
> Some programs are offered
in the context of upgrading for further
> education or training.  According
to Hambly (1998), an effective adult
> upgrading or basic education (ABE)
classroom-based program has the
> following characteristics.
> I believe
this is how the term is used in the paper referenced.  I
> haven't had time
to track down Hambly yet, but I think the information
> in this webpage clearly
defines upgrading students as learners
> "upgrading their skills."  And so
> If anyone has the Hambly reference, thanks.  Otherwise, its into

> ERIC...well, as Scarlet said "But I'm so tired, I'll think about it
> Howard L. Dooley, Jr.
> Director of Accountability,
Project RIRAL

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