ERIC Number: ED027512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
A Measurement of the Educational Relevance of a Short-Term Training Program for Adult Literacy Teachers. Final Report.
Laubach, Robert S.; And Others
The study was undertaken to provide objective data for evaluating the educational relevance of short courses for teachers in literacy programs. Two short courses were organized for nonprofessional ABE teachers. Teachers in each course were divided in half to form an experimental group and a control group. Experimental groups completed an attitude and opinion survey about ABE students after having actually taught ABE students; control groups did not. A multiple-time series design was used to measure change over time since this design permitted the measurement of transition rates which showed shifts among responses when the same adults responded to the same questionnaire item on two different occasions. Results indicated significant shift in responses of the experimental group of ABE teachers after actual teaching experience. The study demonstrated that: (1) training programs can be evaluated by studying changes over time of the attitudes of nonprofessional ABE teachers, and (2) the particular training courses being investigated were only qualified successes since they did not induce permanent change. (Appendix 2 contains reference to a second study which substantiates the fact that short-term courses do not induce long-term changes. (nl)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Laubach Literacy, Inc., Washington, DC.