ERIC Number: ED418238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Passports to Paradise: The Struggle To Teach and To Learn on the Margins of Adult Education.
Sticht, Thomas G.; McDonald, Barbara A.; Erickson, Paul R.
This report provides a 5-year perspective on the adult literacy education (ALE) system in the inner city of San Diego, California. Chapter 1 introduces the research. Chapters 2-5 in part 1, "The Struggle To Learn," contain the following: information about the difficulties of determining how many adults might benefit from basic skill education; introduction of the practice of having adult literacy students perform as researchers to discover barriers to and ways to increase participation in ALE; what happens after adults decide to go back to school; and how various instructional factors affect learning and the transfer of learning to the home and community. Chapters 6-8 in part 2, "The Struggle To Teach," include the following: reports by two teacher researchers on hardships of teaching and learning and insights of 17 teachers about the educational system; a teacher researcher's experiences in trying to change instruction in an English as a second language class and how the dynamics of students' lives and classroom turbulence affected her work; and challenges to teaching posed by diversity in a classroom due to cultural factors and different language and literacy skill levels. Chapters 9-11 in part 3, "The Struggle To Be Better," cover the following: activities federal policy makers and officials have undertaken to try to improve the ALE system nationally; activities in California to improve the ALE system; and rebuttals to news stories about the low intellectual abilities of disadvantaged youth and adults. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cultural Differences, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, English (Second Language), Inner City, Literacy Education, National Programs, Needs Assessment, Participation, Participatory Research, Program Effectiveness, Social Bias, Subcultures, Teacher Researchers, Urban Education
Applied Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Inc., 2062 Valley View Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92019-2059 ($20).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Consortium for Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning, CA.
Identifiers: California (San Diego)