ERIC Number: ED022108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Literacy Training and Upward Mobility in Community Action, a Report on the Literacy Instructor Project.
Woolman, Myron; Carey, Gordon R.
This 1965-66 study was made for the Office of Economic Opportunity under subcontract to the United Planning Organization, Washington, D.C. Its aim was to develop and test a combined literacy and job skill program for functionally illiterate dropouts in the District of Columbia. Only 54 such trainees were secured, and the remainder (315) were male and female inmates at the Lorton, Virginia, prison complex. The Accelerated Progressive Choice Reading Program was used to develop literacy skills, provide experiences in goal achievement, and impart subprofessional literacy instructor skills to the trainees. Dropouts and inmates both showed gains in literacy scores and in measured intelligence, with literacy gain scores strongly favoring the inmates, and most instruction was ultimately trainee led. The benefit cost ratio at Lorton was extremely favorable. Conclusions on program support, incentives, and correctional literacy education were offered. (The document includes tables and charts, bibliographies, and numerous appendixes relating to the planning and operation of the project.) (ly)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Community Action, Correctional Institutions, Dropouts, Females, Literacy Education, Males, Motivation, Paraprofessional Personnel, Prisoners, Program Costs, Program Evaluation, Research, Social Mobility, Statistical Data, Teacher Education, Teachers, Testing, Urban Areas
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Educational Research, Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Accelerated Progressive Choice Reading Program; District of Columbia