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ERIC Number: ED304518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 16
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Consideration of Adults' Learning Styles and Life Styles for Better Literacy Programs: A Discussion.
Partridge, Susan
Adult literacy programs could be improved by determining the learning styles and life-styles of individual students and incorporating the findings into the instructional program. Many researchers have looked at adult students' lives and suggested teaching methods based on the studies. Some suggest using an instrument for identifying adults' learning styles, such as the "Productivity Environmental Preference Survey" by Dunn, Dunn, and Price. An explanation of adult learning styles identified by David Kolb was offered by Kornhonen and McCall. Their work classifies adults as convergers, divergers, assimilators, and accommodators. It also explains the two levels of learning, rote and understanding. Current research shows that a number of people are interested in finding ways of improving literacy programs and sharing their findings with others. Some suggestions from the literature for improving programs include the following: (1) helping students to understand themselves and to understand what reading truly is; (2) keeping the sensitivities of individual students in mind as writing is incorporated in the reading experience; (3) sharing by administrators and instructors of the responsibility for providing the best programs for students; and (4) always keeping in mind the uniqueness of each student. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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