ERIC Number: ED315665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy Education: Program Evaluation and Learner Assessment. Information Series No. 338.
Lytle, Susan L.; Wolfe, Marcie
Adult literacy programs need reliable information about program quality and effectiveness for accountability, improvement of practice, and expansion of knowledge. Evaluation and assessment reflect fundamental beliefs about adult learners, concepts of literacy, and educational settings. Resources for planning program evaluations include surveys, handbooks, instruments, and policy studies. Evaluation issues include the following: (1) program goals and mission are subject to scrutiny and change; (2) data about teaching and learning are essential; (3) expanded outcome measures for learner progress are needed; and (4) the roles of staff, managers, learners, and external evaluators affect the evaluation process and outcomes. Four major approaches to learner assessment are considered: (1) standardized testing is norm referenced and cost effective; (2) materials-based assessment is commercially available and follows a systems management model; (3) competency-based assessment involves real-life tasks, predetermined performance standards, a continuum of difficulty, and a range of strategies; and (4) participatory assessment allows learners an active role and involves a range of texts, tasks, contexts, and strategies. Evaluation should: (1) be both external and internal; (2) be both formative and summative; (3) involve learners and staff; (4) generate design questions from theory, research, evaluation, and practice; (5) involve critical reflection on program philosophy and goals; (6) give prominence to the processes of teaching and learning; (7) capture a range of learner and program outcomes; (8) require a variety of longitudinal data collection methods; (9) be integrated with program functions; and (10) be systematic and systemic. (131 references) (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Competency Based Education, Educational Policy, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Research, Functional Literacy, Literacy Education, Measures (Individuals), Program Evaluation, Reading Tests, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Student Participation
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.