ERIC Number: ED365370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-23
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Application of the Virginia STEPS (Student/Teacher Education Planning System) by Basic Skills Education Teachers.
Seguin, Barbara; Swanson, Lois
The Virginia STEPS (Student/Teacher Education Planning System) was developed to enable adult basic education (ABE) students to become independent learners responsible for planning, carrying out, evaluating, and making adjustments in their education. ABE instructors at Blackhawk Technical College in Wisconsin have adapted the STEPS model to make their program more learner-centered. At intake, students are interviewed and guided through a goal-setting process which helps determine their educational plan. At mid-term, students are scheduled for individual student/teacher conferences in which they assess their own progress, set new goals, and change their learning program if necessary. Finally, at the end of the semester, another conference is held to determine if goals have been met or if the student should continue to the next semester. These one-on-one interviews allow students to voice their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the program and to take more responsibility for their own education. Gradually, they are guided toward becoming self-directed learners. In general, though teachers may feel there has been little measurable progress, students seem satisfied with their achievements, highlighting such accomplishments and benefits to their daily lives as "I learned to use the computer to write papers,""I'm getting better at multiplication tables," and "Reading improvement helps me with Sunday school teaching." Asked how the program might be improved, individual students suggested more hands-on learning, group work, rules and directions, and homework, but the majority of students indicated that they were satisfied with the program as it was. Handouts on the STEP philosophy, the STEP questionnaire, goal setting, individual interview questions, and student progress/planning report forms are included. (Author/ECC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Blackhawk Technical College WI
Note: Paper presented at the Summer Institute on Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success (5th, Madison, WI, June 21, 1993).