ERIC Number: ED244152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Survival Skills Curriculum in Language Arts for 0-4 Level Adult Basic Education Student.
Leopold, Joan Y.; Anstine, Carolyn G.; Greene, Margaret P.
A project was undertaken to develop a realistic survival skills curriculum in language arts for adult basic education (ABE) students that could be used with predischarge residents in institutions for mentally ill individuals in Pennsylvania. After identifying 28 predischarge residents at the Harrisburg State Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, researchers developed five community resources skills units for the students to master and use upon release into the community. This curriculum involved the use of a flipchart, booklets, and flashcards and addressed the following skills: understanding survival signs, reading a newspaper, taking a bus, shopping, and using a telphone. The Curriculum and Teacher Guide document contains checklists, suggestions for further reading, a recommended instructional method, a series of matching games, a preliminary test, a posttest, and an evaluation sheet. The preliminary test and posttest results attested to the effectiveness of this training in helping the students become more productive and responsible citizens upon their release into the community. Based on the reports of counselors into whose care the students were discharged, the project was deemed a success and recommendations were made calling for dissemination of the project materials throughout Pennsylvania. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Behavioral Objectives, Bus Transportation, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Educational Strategies, Functional Literacy, Functional Reading, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Material Development, Mental Disorders, Newspapers, Normalization (Handicapped), Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Signs, Skill Development, Special Education, State Curriculum Guides, State Programs, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Telephone Usage Instruction, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Harrisburg State Hospital, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania