"It's all up to you": How welfare-to-work educational programs construct workforce success

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This article discusses how two welfare education programs construct workforce success. Discourse about success in these programs falls into two basic camps: an individual-based self-motivation perspective and an external, structural, socioeconomic perspective. Although the individualistic perspective adhered to by the programs came into conflict with structural problems faced by students, the programs ultimately chose to uphold a perspective that reinforces the American myth of success that has been prevalent in the United States since the 17th century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-104
Number of pages16
JournalAdult Education Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Adult basic education
  • Critical education
  • Employment preparation
  • Myth of success
  • Qualitative case study
  • Sociology of education
  • Success
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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