ERIC Number: ED330847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Life of Its Own. Adult Literacy Work in a Small Group.
Ennis, Rex; Davison, Deborah
This publication provides materials on the Small Group Learning Methodology Project in Victoria, Australia. The first chapter concerns the purpose of small groups in adult literacy learning. Chapter 2 deals with types of adult literacy programs, interviews, student needs, student placement, and forming groups. Chapter 3 discusses group processes, including the tutor's role and group organization. Chapter 4 presents case studies of six groups. "Experimenting with Structure: News and Music" (Barbara Goulborn) describes a beginner literacy group, which used a new approach that emphasized reading. "Women's Group in a Neighbourhood House" (Helena Spyrou) discusses planning done on the basis of continuing student evaluation formalized by a brief survey at the end of each class session."From Reading to Writing to Reading" (Aileen Treloar) establishes a rationale for the approach and describes a session involving the share/reading of a classic story. "Developing the Writing Habit" (Kaye Elias) discusses a group that was introduced to new genres and worked on the conventions of writing. "Getting Started with a Beginner Reading Group" (Rosa McKenna) describes two cycles of lessons. "Experience and Language--Towards a Balanced Diet" (Rex Ennis) describes a first-hand experience in shopping and cooking that integrated literacy, numeracy, language, and experience. Chapter 5 is an annotated bibliography of 26 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Beginning Reading, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Implementation, Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Writing Instruction
Publications Department, Council of Adult Education, 256 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia 3001 ($12.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council of Adult Education, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Victoria)
Note: Funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government's National Policy on Languages.