ERIC Number: ED251696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Peace Corps Literacy Handbook. Appropriate Technologies for Development. Manual M-21.
Comings, John; Kahler, David
This manual provides an introduction to literacy work for Peace Corps volunteers and other development workers in situations where the literacy work is a primary project or secondary activity. It presents information on planning and preparing for literacy work, offers guidance on program and material development, and suggests strategies for evaluating and improving programs. Chapter 1 introduces the topic. It looks at the history and value of literacy, levels of literacy, the difficulty of literacy, numeracy, and adult, nonformal, and literacy education. Chapter 2 discusses literacy work strategies--the Laubach method, the Freire method, and functional literacy, as well as literacy for women and children. Chapters 3 to 7 present a model for implementing a project. These steps are described: the feasibility study, planning and preparation, curriculum design, implementation and evaluation of instruction, and development or adaptation of instructional materials. Examples and samples are provided. Chapter 8 discusses activities and methods to create an environment supportive of literacy. Chapter 9 provides advice on where and how to look for resources. An annotated bibliography dealing with literacy methods and materials is included. In chapter 10 four case studies of literacy work done by Peace Corps volunteers illustrate common problems literacy workers face in implementing projects. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Resources, Feasibility Studies, Guides, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Material Development, Media Adaptation, Nonformal Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.