ERIC Number: ED285013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Community Referral System Handbook.
Telles, Patricia E.; Thompson, Richard E.
Based on the experiences of a literacy center in Texas, this handbook is intended to assist adult educators in developing a similar program in their community. The purpose of the literacy referral system is to provide educationally and economically disadvantaged adults with an individualized educational and employment plan based on an assessment of their reading skills and educational and vocational goals. The personalized plan enumerates the steps necessary to improve the student's reading skills and achieve the goals and makes referrals to resource centers. The handbook describes the guidelines that were used to establish the literacy referral resource system. In particular, discussions of the steps needed to develop the resource system directory and to research and select the appropriate assessment instruments are included. There is also information on training the staff, piloting the program, and developing the appropriate materials that will help the system to run more smoothly; intake forms, referral forms, follow-up forms, and the individualized educational and vocational plan are appended. The appendix also supplies an extensive flow model that separately outlines the fundamental steps for six different types of persons participating in the program. In creating the program, consideration was given to both the needs and characteristics of the staff and the students participating in the program. (Preliminary results from the pilot study of 54 adults with low literacy skills were very positive, showing the referral resource system to be a valuable and useful program that seems to benefit many disadvantaged persons who are unfamiliar with the vocational opportunities that exist.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Community Information Services, Community Resources, Disadvantaged, Individualized Education Programs, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Models, Program Development, Reading Instruction, Referral, Spanish Americans, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Coll. and Univ. System, Austin. Coordinating Board.
Authoring Institution: El Paso Community Coll., TX.