ERIC Number: ED155719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Reducing Illiteracy by Adding Interest to Adult Basic Education.
Hutchison, Laveria F.
Statistics show that illiteracy in the United States is still a problem, particularly for adults over forty-five years of age. To test the effects of preferred-interest lessons on attendance in an adult reading program, a group of 20 adults received reading instruction by traditional teaching methods (large group arrangement and commercial texts/kits) while another group of 20 adults received individualized instruction, during which the teacher developed materials and activities that matched the individual students' reading and learning preferences. The attendance patterns for the 15-week instructional period show that the adults in the "preferred interests" group attended classes with significantly greater regularity. The study concludes that the increased use of personalized instruction in adult education will lead to a reduction of illiteracy as a nationwide problem in the United States. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at the University of Houston