ERIC Number: ED381623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
Older Adult Literacy Resource Manual. Part One: Problems and Perspectives. Part Two: Workshop Guide.
Regina Univ. (Saskatchewan). Univ. Extension. Seniors Education Centre.
This document is a two-part workshop resource manual intended to help trainers of literacy tutors and others to raise awareness of the particular needs of older adult literacy learners. Part 1 contains basic information on the topic of older adult literacy obtained from a review of the most current literature available and has a Canadian and, especially, Saskatchewan emphasis. An introduction is followed by an overview of literacy among Saskatchewan older adults, including a definition of literacy, statistics, and implications of low literacy. Other sections focus on the following topics: selected historical perspectives on seniors' literacy problems; barriers to improving literacy skills, such as social-political, self-perception, physical, program conditions, and cultural; motivation for increasing literacy skills; reaching the older adult literacy learner; and learning characteristics of older adults. A final section on adapting program design and materials to the needs of older adults addresses adaptations to overcome barriers, adaptations to capitalize on interests, and adaptations in teaching older adults. A summary is followed by a list of 13 references and description of the Saskatchewan Older Adult Literacy Project. Part 2, the workshop guide, includes facilitator notes that cover the same topics as part 1, but they are abbreviated for facilitators to use as notes when conducting a workshop. Appendixes include the following: a workshop outline, additional workshop options, getting acquainted exercises, group activities, and a listing of Saskatchewan literacy programs and literacy resource centers throughout Canada. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers are provided for these program resources. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Older Adults, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Tutors, Volunteer Training
Seniors' Education Centre, University of Regina Extension, Room 106, Gallery Bldg., College Avenue and Cornwall Street, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada ($5 plus $2 postage & handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Regina Univ. (Saskatchewan). Univ. Extension. Seniors Education Centre.