ERIC Number: ED337606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting Challenges: A Literacy Project for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
The CHALLENGES Literacy Project, a 2-year government-funded demonstration project, supported volunteer tutor programs to meet the literacy needs of adults with developmental disabilities in Alberta, Canada. Of the 20 students in the program, most were female; most were aged 20-29; 3 spoke English as a Second Language; 12 lived with family; 18 were in special school programs; most received further education/training; and most were employed. Of the 26 tutors, most were females, 20-39 years old, and employed; most had earned a university degree; and 8 had formal/classroom teaching experience. The project attracted a competent group of tutors, the majority of whom stayed until the project's completion. The program benefited from five factors/beliefs: (1) tutors and students are partners in learning; (2) there is no set curriculum or strategy; (3) reading and writing are meaning-centered processes; (4) work should progress from whole to parts; and (5) teaching should be concrete. Different teaching strategies were used for stage 1, 2, and 3 learners. The coordinator's role involved advocacy, approachability, and availability. This report consists largely of practitioners' personal accounts of the project supplemented by numerous case studies. Two appendices contain 16 references and an annotated bibliography. The bibliography provides publishers and prices of 11 adult reading series, lists other print and video resources, and gives addresses of 8 resource organizations. (NLA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of the Secretary of State, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: PROSPECTS Adult Literacy Association, Edmonton (Alberta).
Identifiers: Alberta (Calgary)