ERIC Number: ED316832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Educational Needs and Interests of Students Enrolled in a Reading Program at a Center for Older Adults.
Askov, Eunice N.; Forlizzi, Lori A.
This pilot study assessed the educational interests and needs of a group of older, low-literate adults with the eventual goal of developing computer-assisted literacy programs specifically designed for older adults. Subjects, 10 women and 1 man aged 60 to over 80 years who were members of a center for older adults and who were already working with tutors to improve their reading skills, completed a questionnaire and engaged in a structured interview. Results indicated that (1) the subjects exhibited a wide variety of skill levels and had diverse needs; (2) a majority had basic decoding skills and wanted to develop higher-order skills; (3) many expressed interest in reading materials related to leisure interests; (4) most usually read a wide variety of materials at some level; (5) their writing needs were taken care of by others close to them; (6) the majority of subjects expressed a desire for self-improvement and self-sufficiency; and (7) the tutor's role was crucial in providing motivation and encouragement. (The survey instrument and the explanation of the study--which was read to the subjects--are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.