ERIC Number: ED302680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Professionalization of the Adult Literacy Workforce. Background Paper Prepared for Project on Adult Literacy.
Foster, Susan E.
As the literacy requirements for functioning in today's society continue to increase, so do the qualifications and level of professional development that is expected of those who provide literacy education to adults. Historically, it has been assumed that, with a modest amount of preparation, anyone can teach any other adult to read. Recently, however, there has been increasing recognition of the fact that this is not the case. In the array of currently existing professional development opportunities available to literacy staff, there is no agreement on what constitutes adequate training. Despite agreement among the leaders in adult literacy throughout the nation that preservice and inservice training are needed, there is no support system for professional development in the field of adult literacy. Advancing the state of the art of literacy education requires building a profession. Standards related to what should be taught, who will be taught, what methods and techniques will be used, and how programs and staff will be assessed and evaluated must be developed. Adopting a set of standards is not sufficient by itself. It will also be necessary to create an institutional infrastructure to support professional development, change the culture of literacy providers, and provide the resources that teachers and administrators need to take advantage of training and professional development opportunities. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Literacy Education, Professional Development, Professional Training, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
The Project on Adult Literacy, Suite 415, 440 First Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southport Inst. for Policy Analysis, Inc., CT.
Note: For related documents, see CE 051 679-686.