ERIC Number: ED264369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-31
Adult Literacy Project: Development, Evaluation and Dissemination of Interactive Microcomputer Software. Final Report.
Wangberg, Elaine G.; And Others
The Language Experience Approach (LEAP), a literacy education method based on the premise that reading is a by-product of the student's thinking and oral expression, was used as the basis of two series of interactive microcomputer lessons designed to improve adult reading and writing skills. In the three years following the creation of the software, called LEAP I and LEAP II, four pilot studies of the courseware indicated that students using the materials gained from several months to one year in reading ability. In 1984-1985, a project was undertaken to develop, evaluate, and disseminate the LEAP materials. The following were among the major accomplishments of the evaluation and dissemination project: administration of pre- and posttests to evaluate the reading and writing skills of scientifically selected experimental and control groups; refinement of the LEAP I software to make it more automatic and to make the individual portions of the lessons more accessible to adult basic education (ABE) students and teachers; dissemination of the materials and provision of training in their use to a wider range of ABE teachers; establishment of a walk-in computer center for development of adult literacy in the College of Education at the University of New Orleans; and dissemination of the LEAP I and II software to agencies and professional organizations. (The appendix contains the following papers: "A Microcomputer Approach to Developing Functional Literacy among Adolescents and Adults,""Evaluating an Interactive, Language Experience Based Microcomputer Approach to Reduce Adult Illiteracy," and "Developing a Basic Holistic Writing Scale to Improve the Writing of Remedial Adolescents." (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Bureau of Adult and Community Education.
Authoring Institution: New Orleans Univ., LA.