ERIC Number: ED116047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Operation COPE: Family Learning Centers for Mothers Who are Heads of Households for the National Council of Negro Women in Washington, D.C. Final Report.
Davidson, Edmonia W.
The document reports on the second and final year of a demonstration Adult Basic Education (ABE) project in Washington, D.C., administered by the National Council of Negro Women. Operation COPE: A Family Learning Center served the needs of educationally disadvantaged, low-income young mothers who head households. The learners' expressed interests and needs determined the curriculum (typing, sewing, and arts and crafts) taught to equip the students for employment. Reading and mathematics were incorporated into these skill subjects; homemaking was gradually introduced into the sewing classes. Individualized instruction was available in reading and math. Family and citizenship education, field trips and audiovisual aids, and utilization of service agencies were also program elements. The project's second thrust was developing inservice training for ABE professionals and paraprofessionals. Implementation of the program's essential elements is described: recruitment, counseling, climate, team approach, curriculum, community linkages, volunteers, staff development, advisory committee, and research and evaluation. Included are sample instructional materials and participant data and testimonials. Concluding the report are principles which underlay the successful model, e.g., the low-income mothers see themselves as self-directing, respond to respect, and can be helped to diagnose their needs and to plan, conduct, and evaluate their own learning. (Author/AJ)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Daily Living Skills, Demonstration Programs, Heads of Households, Home Economics Education, Individualized Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Skills, Low Income, Models, Mothers, Office Occupations Education, One Parent Family, Parent Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, Self Concept, Self Evaluation, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Negro Women, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia