ERIC Number: ED042944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Adult Armchair Education Program. Final Report, June 1967-March 1968.
Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
The Adult Armchair Education project (AAE) of the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in Philadelphia undertook instruction and skill development among the disadvantaged through learning groups in homes. Indigenous paid staff conducted direct, door-to-door recruitment. Classes, meeting once a week, 2 1/2 hours per session, for 10 weeks, concentrated on communication and computational skills, consumer education, minority group history, and community problems and solutions. The OIC curriculum department sometimes augmented by volunteers, gave additional support mainly through consultation and guidance. Instructional materials were designed, and group discussion was included, to promote maximum involvement and participation. Paraprofessional group leaders were trained as community volunteers and staff members in five leadership training sessions at selected homes. Special practical projects in such areas as consumer education and community problems were offered, backed up by staff followup visits and audiovisual presentations. A total of 80 homes and 1,179 trainees (892 actively attending) were enlisted. (A detailed evaluation appears, followed by data on participant characteristics, attendance, and motivation.) (LY)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Attendance, Community Programs, Curriculum, Disadvantaged, Educational Methods, Home Programs, Indigenous Personnel, Leadership Training, Learning Motivation, Paraprofessional Personnel, Participant Characteristics, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Recruitment, Salaries, Urban Areas
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Adult Armchair Education Project; Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)