ERIC Number: ED101148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Experiment at Butte: A Project Designed to Introduce Reflective Materials to ABE Students. Final Report.
Pyfer, Julene Newland
The Experiment at Butte was a demonstration project designed to determine the effectiveness of the Joseph Tussman education model in an Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. Its major purpose was to combine in lessons the teaching of reflective skills with the teaching of ordinary ABE skills. To implement the Tussman model, three experimental groups and three control groups of teachers were formed. Problems were encountered with the development of reflective materials, and several inservice meetings were conducted to help teachers prepare reflective materials. Results indicated that: (1) the Tussman model could be implemented in and adjusted to an ABE program; (2) ABE students could deal with reflective materials adapted to suit their education levels and interests; and (3) the fact that four types of ABE students were identified in the study suggested a need for the development of alternative routes to ABE. Recommendations are made based on experience gained during the experiment, particularly a recommendation for a four-track program geared to the needs of: slow learners, skill oriented students, combined reflective and skill-oriented students, and nonskill students. Educational materials and student evaluations are appended. (Author/BP)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Critical Thinking, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Experimental Programs, Flexible Progression, Humanistic Education, Material Development, Models, Program Effectiveness, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching Methods, Track System (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Butte Vocational-Technical Center, Montana.