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ERIC Number: ED125669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Cooperative Planning to Maximize Adult Basic Education Opportunities Through Public Library Extension in Appalachian North Carolina. Final Report.
Newman, Mayrelee F.
A research project was designed to develop literacy services for functionally illiterate adults in the Appalachian area of North Carolina. The Mayland Technical Institute (a two-year college), the Avery-Mitchell-Yancy Regional Library, and Appalachian State University cooperated to assess the needs of the target population and design a demonstration outreach project for Adult Basic Education. Titled Rural Appalachian Progress Skills (RAPskills), the project concentrated on reading, writing, and arithmetic to enable adults to achieve high school equivalency. Both home visit and learning lab techniques were used. The study's large research component included descriptive and observational records of the project; a library questionnaire designed to determine attitudes, usage patterns, and library skills; and tests to determine participant's attitudes about education and the self as well as levels of coping skills. Evaluations indicated that, while the interinstitutional cooperation efforts were not entirely successful, many participants achieved high school equivalency and improved their attitudes and skills. (LS)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Attitudes, Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Daily Living Skills, Educational Research, Functional Literacy, High School Equivalency Programs, Information Needs, Institutional Cooperation, Library Surveys, Literacy Education, Outreach Programs, Participant Characteristics, Public Libraries, Rural Areas, Universities, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina