ERIC Number: ED237798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Competency Education for Adult Literacy. Overview: ERIC Fact Sheet No. 10.
Recently, the definition of functional literacy has been broadened to include the completion of a secondary education or its equivalent. This definition focuses on obtaining the functional competencies required to perform adequately in adult life. Three major sets of functional competencies are represented in models developed by the Adult Performance Level Project, the New York State External High School Diploma Program, and the state of California. Difficulties with traditional adult education programs have been accessibility and a lack of defined competencies. Competency-based adult education (CBAE) responds to this problem by providing an individualized set of competencies to meet adult needs. CBAE programs share these common components: (1) identified and stated outcomes or competencies; (2) a formal assessment system; (3) functional literacy subject matter integrating both basic and life skills; and (4) certification of mastery of competencies. Research on CBAE indicates that: students, administrators, and staff have different perceptions of the importance of competency areas; no competency list is appropriate for all students; more effective ways of measuring competencies need to be developed; and competency-based programs are effective. This fact sheet includes a bibliography of seven resources, most of which are available from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system. (DC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.