Motivational orientations as perceived deterrents to participation among low-literate adults seeking literacy referral services Public Deposited

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  • This investigation identified perceptions of deterrents to participation in adult literacy programs from among a low- literate non-participating adult population residing in the greater Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. While previous investigators have identified deterrents to participation among other subgroups of the population, such investigations have focused on those currently, or recently participating, in a variety of adult education programs. The Oregon Literacy Line, a statewide literacy referral hotline, provided the database for this research. A total of 48 subjects were interviewed by telephone with a survey, Deterrents to Participation Scale Form LL (DPS-LL), a 32 item questionnaire, developed by Hayes (1987) for administration to low-literate adults participating in adult basic education programs. Descriptive statistics provided the basis for the analyses of the data. Of the 32 reasons for not participating in literacy programs listed in the survey, the six with the highest mean scores were; It was more important to get a job than to go to school, I didn't have time to go to classes, Starting classes would be difficult, with lots of questions to answer and forms to fill out, I didn't think that I could go to classes regularly, The classes were held at times when I couldn't go, and I was not given information about where I could attend classes. The categories which underlie these discrete deterrents were identified and included; Personal Priority, Institutional Deterrents, Self Confidence, and Situational Deterrents. The findings suggest that the deterrent construct is multidimensional, and the identified deterrents categories differ from those previously cited. Further, this research provides useful information about potential literacy program participants. Suggestions are made for differentiated recruitment strategies and program planning to increase rates of participation among the nation's "most in need" population.
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