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ERIC Number: ED061520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Pages: 22
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A Study of Reading Methods and Materials Used in Adult Basic Education.
Sherk, John K.; Mocker, Donald W.
A national study of methods and materials used in teaching reading by adult education teachers was conducted. The purposes of the study were: to determine from ABE, GED, and ESL teachers the most popular methods, materials, and techniques currently in use for reading instruction in adult education; to determine the "goodness of fit" between the difficulty of the materials in use and the reading levels of the students being taught; to determine the reliability ratings of materials used for reading instruction; to determine what kinds of supplementary materials are used to augment direct reading instruction; to determine the teachers' beliefs as to why it is important for adult students to learn to read or to read better; and to determine what books the teachers believe every adult in their class should read. Responses obtained from a questionnaire completed by 240 adult education classroom teachers (176 of which were analyzable) in 43 states provided the data for the study. Conclusions based on the results of the data analysis are: (1) there is no suggestion in this study that any single publisher or any particular material type used for adult basic reading has control of even a minor proportion of the market; (2) several factors suggest that the quality of reading instruction may be lower than optimum; and (3) ABE teachers may not be motivating their students to read. (DB)
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