ERIC Number: ED239072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Ethnographic Research on Reading Instructional Strategies for Adult Beginning Readers.
Boraks, Nancy; And Others
A project was undertaken to develop, field test, and revise strategies for adult beginning readers (ABRs). During the first phase of the study, the researchers identified roadblocks to use of word recognition clues by ABRs. Based on data and feedback from local and state piloting and general principles of learning, the project staff developed the following strategies for ABRs: phonemic cue, segmenting, phonemic/syntactic, /e/, spelling cluster, and semantic cueing. After finalizing these strategies, the project staff developed a series of modules for use in training adult basic education (ABE) teachers in using the modules. To facilitate their acceptance, the modules were presented in a workshop format. The final phase of the project involved a field test of two pilot modules dealing with segmenting and the variable vowel /e/. Teachers' reaction to these modules showed that 90 percent of those evaluating the module on segmenting and 57 percent of those evaluating the module on the vowel /e/ felt that the modules complemented or facilitated the teaching of their existing reading programs. (The two teacher questionnaires are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Adults, Beginning Reading, Classroom Techniques, Educational Needs, Educational Strategies, Ethnography, Field Tests, Guidelines, Learning Modules, Learning Processes, Material Development, Needs Assessment, Pilot Projects, Reading Instruction, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Adult Education Service.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond. School of Education.
Identifiers: Virginia; 310 Project
Note: For related documents, see ED 213 990 and ED 219 552.