ERIC Number: ED060433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
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Farmers Training and Functional Literacy: Pilot Evaluation Study of Functional Literacy Project in Lucknow District.
Ministry of Education and Social Welfare, New Delhi (India).
A program of functional literacy, as an integral part of the program of Farmers' Training and Functional Literacy, is presented. Its objectives are: (1) to increase the attainment and use of literacy skills, and (2) to bring about the socio-economic change on the individual with particular emphasis on changes in agricultural production. The specific objectives of this pilot study were to obtain the qualitative and quantitative measurements of: (1) the attainment and use of literacy skills, (2) the impact of the program on the individual, and (3) the teaching/learning situation. The study was conducted on an "ex-post-facto" basis using experimental and matched control groups. Primary data was gathered by a team of seven interviewers. The experimental group consisted of adult farmers, drawn from 12 villages. Factors used for measurement purposes covered the following areas: (1) the literacy skills attained by the participants, (2) the impact on agriculture of the knowledge of improved farm practices, (3) the teaching learning situation. Findings include: (1) At least 80% of the participants achieved literacy skills of varying degrees of utility; and (2) The final rate of adoption of agricultural practices among the participants and control groups and its relationship to literacy ability indicated that the rate of adoption among the functional literates and control illiterates tended to vary directly with literacy level. (CK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agricultural Production, Attitude Change, Control Groups, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Programs, Experimental Groups, Farmers, Functional Literacy, Interviews, Learning Experience, Measurement Techniques, Objectives, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Reading Ability, Skill Development, Social Change, Socioeconomic Influences, Teaching
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Authoring Institution: Ministry of Education and Social Welfare, New Delhi (India).