ERIC Number: ED367889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Empowering Learners through Education in the Democratic Process. Final Report. A Manual for Adult Learners.
Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Literacy, PA.
A 353 demonstration project was conducted in Philadelphia for the following purposes: (1) to develop learner-relevant educational materials to stimulate basic literacy and critical thinking skills; (2) to foster empowerment in adult learners through voter participation; and (3) to produce a manual for increasing literacy skills through voter education. Adult learners in two community-based programs representative of Philadelphia's literacy network participated in developing the project by meeting at least six times to discuss, plan, and execute the project. A manual was produced based on the input of these adult learners. The manual was developed around the topics of how to register to vote, how to use a voting machine, and the candidates for the primary election. In addition, workshops were conducted for adult literacy providers and they, in turn, used the materials with their classes. As a result of the project, 17 students from participating literacy groups registered to vote and voted in the primary election. They felt they had gained more control of their lives and had more respect for the need for education. (The project report packet includes project materials such as workshop materials, field trip materials, lists of candidates, learner essays in Spanish, project publicity, and the manual (separately bound) developed during the project. The manual contains student materials for five lessons on the following topics: registering to vote, elections, voting machines, voting, and the need to vote, and a glossary.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Literacy, PA.
Identifiers: Empowerment; Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); 353 Project