ERIC Number: ED333764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Approaches to Documenting Progress in Language Learning and Literacy Development.
Wrigley, Heide Spruck
Notes on evaluating the effectiveness of literacy programs are presented in outline form. An introductory section proposes that alternative assessment approaches focus primarily on providing meaningful feedback to learners and teachers and are useful in improving teaching. Part I addresses assessment of change in student literacy practices outside the school context and offers a series of evaluation tasks for identifying prior literacy experiences, developing intake measures for that process, developing instructional activities and assessment measures for changes in literacy behavior, reducing barriers, promoting program participation, enhancing social action, and quantifying program success. A list of outcomes that can be linked to literacy education is also provided. Part II discusses the assessment of instructional success, and offers evaluation tasks for documenting progress in changing student perceptions of the reading and writing process, getting meaning from print, moving along the literacy continuum, increasing knowledge and confidence and social interaction skill development, and pinpointing problem areas. A final section addresses program priority-setting. Appended notes contain examples of both global and print-based reading and writing strategies, with questions to use in guiding student understanding. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family English Literacy
Note: Paper submitted to the Workshop on Alternative Approaches to Evaluating English Family Literacy Programs (January, 1991).