ERIC Number: ED248410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
On Becoming Literate: Personal Perspectives.
Amoroso, Henry C., Jr.
A group of adult learners in Tennessee who were in various stages of learning to read were interviewed in order to determine their assumptions concerning the acquisition of literacy skills. The focus of the interviews was on the students' motives for wanting to learn how to read and write, their concepts about the nature of the learning process, and their expectations about the role of the teacher and the learner in the process. This paper includes 25 excerpts from the interviews. Among the topics covered in the excerpts are being misunderstood, questioning the motives of literacy workers, developing self-understanding, stimulating a desire to read for pleasure and information, being treated disrespectfully, developing a reciprocal teacher-learner relationship, helping learners to build a concept of what a good reader does, using computer-assisted instruction, accepting learners as fellow human beings, providing immediate success with print, covering up inadequacies, accommodating anxieties in illiterate persons, helping learners reflect critically upon the reasons for their present situation, not being understood, becoming literate for personal insight, meeting learner needs for personal attention and empathy, overcoming anxieties about joining literacy classes, discovering what is important to learners, and understanding the value of education and the roots of illiteracy. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Educational Attitudes, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Illiteracy, Individual Needs, Interviews, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Student Role, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).