An adult literacy program is presented as an educational endeavor that has helped adults realize their dream of self transformation. Mezirow's (1989) transformational learning theory was used to portray perspective driven endeavor as a reflection of change induced by age and change necessitated by time with strong mental health implications. Illiteracy is presented as a global problem that manifests not only as an educational deficiency, but also reflected in low standard of living, negative sense of perceived wellness and negative positive concept. Illiteracy as an educational deficiency has mental health implications as well as social and political inequity worthy of research. The research design is a causal comparative study; using a quantitative mode of research that hypothesized a difference between two groups, normally caused by experience. Experience in this case is exposure to adult literacy program services in distinction from the lack of such experience as seen in the lives of illiterate adults. Need for further research to examine correlates of these factors is highlighted, as well as their impact on positive self concept and perceived wellness.
|Advisor:||Robbins, John M.|
|Commitee:||Lutterman, Maureen, Moore, Julia|
|Department:||School of Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social psychology, School counseling|
|Keywords:||Australia, Igbo, Perceived wellness, Positive self-concept, Self-esteem, Self-worth, Uturu|
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