ERIC Number: ED317755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Templates for Literacy: Manual Evaluation. Final Report.
Askov, Eunice N.; Brown, Emory J.
A study evaluated the effectiveness of the Templates for Literacy manual, which is designed to help the adult beginning reader integrate computer and literacy learning. The manual contains guidelines and strategies for incorporating word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics software into literacy curricula. The draft manual was pilot-tested for 18 weeks in three adult learning programs in New York City; Salem, Oregon; and Weirton, West Virginia. Data were collected through site visits. Limitations of the study include the fact that methods for determining student learning varied among the sites, and pre- and posttest data were not always available. The following results are reported: (1) tutors and teachers were enthusiastic about the manual as a tool for helping to teach low-level literacy students; (2) almost all instructors limited their teaching to the word processing templates, with very few students attempting database templates and no one using spreadsheets or graphics; (3) students were highly motivated by using the computer and reported that the templates helped them improve their reading and writing; (4) students at all reading levels learned computer skills by using the templates; and (5) there was evidence at all sites that having an opportunity to work with computers was very desirable and a motivating force in recruiting students as well as tutors. (The document contains three case studies, interview guides, a reporting form, questionnaires, and photocopies of photographs showing the manual being used.) (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Educational Technology, Functional Literacy, Guides, Literacy Education, School Holding Power, Student Recruitment, Tutors, Voluntary Agencies, Word Processing
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Pennsylvania State University, 204 Calder Way, Suite 209, University Park, PA 16801.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Playing To Win, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.
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