Limited-English speaking probationers in a southwestern county: a qualitative study of cultural factors affecting ABE/GED education

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Title: Limited-English speaking probationers in a southwestern county: a qualitative study of cultural factors affecting ABE/GED education
Author: Thatcher, George Richard
Abstract: It has been estimated that about fifty percent of all probationers in the United States are school dropouts (Wimer , 1985 ) , with the percentages much higher among the language and ethnic minorities . Research has established a close connection between illiteracy , crime , and subsequent incarceration (Herrick , 1991 ) , suggesting that literate members of society will be less likely to engage in criminal activity . Indeed , many prison inmates have stated that their lack of education is at least partly responsible for their problems with the law (Hernandez , 1978 ; Sainz & Biggins , 1979 ) . To combat literacy problems among adults who are less than competent in the English language , including probationers , parolees , and other offenders , many communities are now engaged in adult literacy programs . A fundamental goal of these programs is to facilitate the development of functional levels of competency in the English language by their clients . Many programs are engaged in general educational equivalency (GED ) education and skill -specific training as well .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /11647
Date: 1996-05

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Thatcher, George Richard Limited-English speaking probationers in a southwestern county: a qualitative study of cultural factors affecting ABE/GED education. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /11647 .

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