Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS)

Department

Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Advisor(s)

Diane Wilcox

Abstract

Fighting hunger has been a global problem for many generations. Public and private businesses, churches, along with nonprofit organizations, have joined national, state, county, and local government agencies to assist under-resourced people attend to some of their needs as measures in improving the quality of their lives. Although there are many resources available, statistics show that the under-resourced clients of these organizations are not using all the resources available to them. One major factor is that applications for these resources are available on the Internet, and under-resourced heads of household do not know how to use a computer to access these resources. Therefore, a mentoring program appropriate for adult learners to achieve self-efficacy by using computer technology to access resources available to them is necessary as a bridge to move them out of their dire circumstances. This paper reviews adult learner characteristics, unique needs of adult learners, and prominent models of adult education, then recommends an appropriate training program for under-resourced heads of household, using computer technology as a tool, to serve as a bridge to move themselves out of their dire circumstances, based on the current literature.

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