ERIC Number: ED305431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy: A Study of Community Based Literacy Programs. Revised and Updated. Volume I: Study Findings and Recommendations.
Association for Community Based Education, Washington, DC.
A study of the philosophies and practices of community-based literacy programs focused on their nature, characteristics, and needs. Five activities were conducted: determination of criteria for defining literacy programs as community-based; program identification; survey and interview of program directors; meetings and follow-up conversations with community-based groups; and data analysis and report development. Data were collected from 24 literacy programs. Characteristics of community-based literacy programs in 10 categories were studied. The programs saw themselves as having a broad mission. Programs had two sets of objectives--program outcomes and learners' objectives. They generally served a different, harder to reach population of illiterates. A comfortable, accessible, nonacademic and nonthreatening setting appeared to be an important determinant of success in reaching and retaining learners. Most found word-of-mouth an effective recruitment technique. They tended to rely on group processes or a mixture of group and one-on-one instruction and to use teachers rather than tutors. Most used an eclectic approach and drew materials from a variety of sources. Extensive support for learners in class and outside was typical. Programs cited a variety of outcomes and an average retention rate of 65-70 percent. Action to address programs' needs was recommended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Community Education, Community Programs, Educational Research, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Program Descriptions
Association for Community Based Education, 1806 Vernon Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Community Based Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For volume II, see CE 052 016.