ERIC Number: ED264918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
The Adult Basic Education Program: A Technological Approach to Adult Literacy Education.
Johnston, Cynthia Wilson
A description is provided of the development and outcomes of Central Piedmont Community College's (CPCC's) Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) Project, a campaign designed to use educational technology, volunteer training, and neighborhood centers to provide literacy education. First, background information is presented on CPCC's involvement in adult basic education, and the extent of the illiteracy problem at state and national levels. The next sections trace the development of the ABLE Project, describing CPCC's first proposal for a comprehensive plan to eliminate illiteracy in Mecklenburg County, financial difficulties encountered at the state level and surmounted at the local level, and the research and planning activities that were undertaken. Next, the ABLE Project's first facility is described, indicating that CPCC rented 3,100 square feet of space for a literacy center in a shopping mall and equipped it with microcomputers, videotape players, tape recorders, slide projectors, telephones, and 30 carrels. A description of recruiting activities is followed by a discussion of the operations of the literacy center and the progress made by its students. Next, a discussion is provided on the expansion of ABLE to five additional locations in the county. Finally, concluding remarks suggest that ABLE could be a model for speeding the educational progress of adult illiterates. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.