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as reported by Hoddinot (1998)

[Please note that all ampersands and brackets within quotations have been reproduced as per Hoddinot's book.]

A. Comments by learners whose College Preparation program (for transition into Adult Basic Education, English-as-a-Second Language, or occupational trades training) was housed on a college campus:

    "The campus is a wonderful place for education. I feel safe and comfortable in each part of it and it's really attractive" (p. 127)

    "Our campus buildings are modern and new. We have trees outside our windows and move in between classes in an almost wondrous forest. We couldn't ask for anything more! The atmosphere here helps dramatically in our education - emotionally and physically" (p. 127).

B. Comments by learners whose Adult Basic Education program was housed in an adult high school:

    "It is a high school first and we in ABE have to adapt to losing our identity" (p. 129).

    "I feel there's no consideration or respect for our class while in progress because students and teachers use our class as a short cut to get to the washroom and other classes. There was a student from another class who came in and sat down and started cutting paper. When asked what she was doing, she answered, 'I'm cutting paper." She was then told, 'You can't do that here.' Her answer was, 'Why not? You're not doing anything.' She was then asked to leave and she did leave, but she left a mess. This makes me angry; it's like we're not there, because we're not part of the high school, as in Grade 9 and up" (p. 130).

C. Comments by learners whose Adult Basic Education program was housed in an adult education center run by a religious order:

    "The building is old, the classroom is clean, [but] there is not enough space. . . . We can't leave anything in the lockers because it may be stolen. There is no place to take breaks. I would like to have an eating area furnished with tables and chairs" (p. 133).

    "The building is clean and safe but I find that it is overcrowded. . . . There is no place to meet privately with the teachers. There is only one men's washroom. We are not allowed to move about freely . . . and we are not allowed to leave the building" (p. 133).

D. Comments by an instructor whose Adult Basic Education program was housed in a Community Literacy Resource Center (also used as a library and volunteer tutoring site:

    "The students and I were never afforded the luxury of feeling truly comfortable in our surroundings and could never treat the classroom as our own. . . . We were in the middle of an office and frequently had people walking through. I was always looking over my shoulder to make sure neither the students or myself created more stress for the staff working around us" (p. 135).

    "The learners "were never given lockers and at least once were barred from a computer lab because they didn't have student identification. It is amazing how much of an effect even a minor slight can have on the returning adult" (p. 136). Reference

Hoddinott, S. (1998). Something to think about: Please think about this. Report on a national study of access to Adult Basic Education programs and services in Canada. Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Board of Education.

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