ERIC Number: ED368874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Need, Acceptability, and Available Resources for Adult Literacy Staff Development through Distance Education in Rural Pennsylvania and Recommended Models To Meet the Needs.
Pennsylvania State Univ., Middletown. Capitol Campus.
A study examined the acceptability of distance education as a means of staff development for literacy and adult basic education (ABE) providers in rural Pennsylvania and the perceived need and available resources for such a program. The major project activities were a review of the literature on literacy staff development by distance education in the United States and Canada and a survey of literacy program administrators, teachers/staff, and volunteers throughout rural Pennsylvania. Of the 306 surveys mailed out, 138 (45%) were returned and 122 (40%) were considered usable. Staff development was found to be more important to administrators and teachers/staff than to volunteers. Although access to equipment for distance education delivery was discovered to be problematic, it was determined that an interactive audio system for distance education of literacy and ABE providers can be put in place economically with minimal training and can be upgraded over a 5-year period. Appended are a list of regional coordinators contacted, statistics from the survey, and the literature review. (Contains 20 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., Middletown. Capitol Campus.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; 353 Project