ERIC Number: ED070904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Creating Adult Basic Education Programs.
Harris, Dolores M.
Adult basic education programs must teach the "social living skills" disadvantaged adults need, as well as basic literacy skills. In creating an ABE program, one must first assess the needs of the target population--through surveys, group meetings, an advisory council of members of the target population, demographic studies, and consideration of physical requirements. Population needs, facilities, staff, budget, and time schedule determine the type of organizational model used--community-based, home-based, employment-based, institution-based, community college-based, or public school-based. Instructional designs may take the form of a laboratory program, a traditional classroom, individualized instruction, a tutorial program, or a combination of approaches. Recruitment can best be accomplished through personal canvassing, linkages with agencies serving the target population, use of the mass media and other public relations efforts, and cooperative efforts with business, industry, and labor groups. Retention of students depends on such factors as the sympathy and sensitivity of the staff, the physical facilities, a sense of social ease, and the relevance of the curriculum. Student evaluation, on an individual basis, through informal or formal testing is necessary for initial placement, individual prescriptions, and assessment of progress. Program evaluations, and changes based on them, are essential to assure that the program is meeting its objectives. (KM)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Reading Programs, Adult Vocational Education, Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Literacy Education, Models, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Socioeconomic Status, Speeches, Student Evaluation
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Authoring Institution: Glassboro State Coll., NJ.
Note: Paper prepared for National Right to Read Training Conference