ERIC Number: ED075693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Analysis and Interpretation of ABE Experience in the Inner City: Toward a Theory of Practice in the Public Schools. Selected Action Implications for Urban ABE Directors.
Mezirow, Jack; And Others
Findings from a survey and comparison of urban Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs generated several statements of action implications for urban ABE directors: (1) differentiate major target populations for purposes of program development and reporting; (2) make two parallel efforts to recruit participants--one for easiest-to-reach, middle class-oriented, undereducated adults, the other for hardest-to-reach, poorest, and least educated; (3) recognize the distinctive qualities and functions of community outreach and feeder classes; allocate resources to maximize their effectiveness; (4) exploit advantages of co-sponsorship and develop effective strategies for initiating and sustaining co-sponsor linkages; (5) recognize major dynamics of the ABE classroom aside from aiding content mastery to improve teacher performance; (6) encourage preparation of short-term instructional units which provide feedback on learner progress toward their goals; (7) incorporate systematic analysis of qualitative factors in program development and evaluation; (8) recognize the interrelatedness of instructional roles and utilize paraprofessionals and counselors to optimize instructional effectiveness; (9) allocate more resources for staff development designed to deal with instruction and classroom interaction as it exists in reality; and (10) periodically review innovative program practices and systematically incorporate the most promising. (KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center for Adult Education.
Note: Working paper prepared for Regional Workshops May-June, 1971