ERIC Number: ED210483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Developing and Validating Task-Oriented Materials for Adult Basic Education. Final Report.
Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Dept. of Education.
A project was undertaken to develop and validate English-as-a-second-language (ESL) materials for use with the occupational knowledge section of the Indiana adult basic education (ABE) curriculum guide, "Learning for Everyday Living." Developed during the project were 10 units designed to develop the ESL skills necessary to understand procedures and information necessary for seeking, interviewing for, and obtaining employment. Seven of the units were then pilot tested using a pretest-posttest instrument that assessed students' job search skills by testing their comprehension of job descriptions, synonyms, advertisement meaning, and vocabulary. To obtain additional information on program and curruiculum effectiveness, researchers interviewed the teachers who used the materials. An item-by-item comparison of student responses on the pretests and posttests revealed significant gains in each of the areas tested. While the teachers were generally pleased with the length and types of units and with their relevance to students' potential vocational needs, some suggested expansion and development of materials in specific vocational areas and for other levels of functioning. Others requested development of additional activity formats, including "restate in your own words"-type exercises. (The curriculum guide and project-developed instructional materials are available separately--see note.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Career Education, Competency Based Education, Demonstration Programs, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Job Search Methods, Material Development, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Reading Skills, State Curriculum Guides, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Validity, Vocabulary Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Public Instruction, Indianapolis. Div. of Adult and Community Education.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Indiana; Vocational English as a Second Language
Note: For related documents see CE 030 750 and ED 167 817.