ERIC Number: ED256909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
ABE: Direction through Community Relevance. NAAESC Occasional Papers, Volume 2, Number 2.
Quigley, Allan; Oddgeirsson, Jean
Adult basic education (ABE) teachers are committed to understanding their students and to teaching something useful, something relevant, and something that will give students more control over their world or community. The goal of ABE teachers must then be to be familiar with their students' understanding of their world. ABE teachers are logically the best ones to define much of the content and most of the teaching process. Furthermore, ABE is being held accountable by governmental/political decision makers from an economic perspective, by both prospective employers and further education institutions, by the students' community, and by the further education centers' community. Bringing the community into the classroom has these benefits: effective learning, effective programming, better student attendance and retention, and mutual learning. Drawbacks to this approach include use of more teacher energy, poor student/teacher perceptions, and difficulty in evaluating adults' learning. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Northern Area Adult Education Service Center.