ERIC Number: ED204600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Jefferson County Adult Reading Project. Final Report.
Jefferson County Board of Education, Louisville, KY.; Youthwork, Inc., Washington, DC.
The 1980-81 Jefferson County (Kentucky) Adult Reading Program served 601 students functioning below 6.0 grade level during the 1980-81 year. The project's instructional methods and materials were developed based on the experiences of the program for the previous two years. The program was considered a success not only from the viewpoint of the gains the students made in reading, but also in students' improved self-concepts and the growing awareness of the community and commitment on the part of the teachers. Community support for the program in areas of referrals, volunteers, monetary contributions, and facilities expanded throughout the year. Enthusiasm among students as well as instructional staff remained high throughout the year, and students recorded great gains not only educationally but socially and emotionally. Student comments concerning the program showed an improved self-concept as a result of program participation. Social relationships developed between the students and each became a motivating force for others. The group dynamics and the social aspect contributed to student retention. The teachers' commitment to their task increased as the program progressed and many volunteered their time to better serve the needs of their students. Test results demonstrated the growth in educational advancement while retention rates and growing enrollment showed other measures of success in project components. Data collected from the project facilitated recommendations concerning site selection, schedule, student retention, recruitment, staff selection, staff training, materials, and community involvement for future administration of the program. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Education Work Relationship, Functional Literacy, Instructional Materials, Literacy, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Reading Skills, School Community Relationship, Student Needs, Student Recruitment, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Board of Education, Louisville, KY.; Youthwork, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky