ERIC Number: ED317243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Critical Literacy Project. Final Report.
Storinger, Richard; Boehm, Lorenz
This document provides an overview of a Critical Literacy Project (CLP), involving a year-long faculty development seminar designed to help faculty reevaluate teaching strategies and redesign courses to include critical reading, writing, and thinking. The CLP addresses problems common to many community colleges: a large proportion of students unable to read, write, and think at the college level; student unawareness of or lack of concern with their academic deficiencies; and lack of student motivation to improve their skills. The CLP faculty seminar has been conducted three times since 1986. During its first semester, the seminar focuses on theory, definition, and hypothesis. The second semester deals with practice, as participants concentrate on developing or revising assignments collaboratively. By 1989, 53 of OCC's 149 full-time faculty members had participated in the seminar. Most of the CLP participants expressed renewed enthusiasm about their work as a result of the program. In addition, the library and learning lab staffs are adapting critical literacy principles to their work. In addition to the annual seminar, CLP involves four other activities: (1) a national conference sponsored by OCC; (2) a regional consortium for sharing expertise and information on critical literacy; (3) a promotional video; and (4) CLP faculty participants' roles as presenters at professional meetings and as speakers or consultants at colleges interested in building similar programs. The bulk of the report consists of appendixes providing detail on CLP activities and outcomes. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Des Plaines, IL.