ERIC Number: ED320650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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Literacy in the Open-Access College. First Edition.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.; And Others
Based on a 3-year case study of an open-access community college, this monograph examines the background to, causes of, and possible resolutions for the decline of literacy in open-access colleges. Chapter 1 presents a working definition of literacy; considers the nature of literacy in a community college setting; and raises issues concerning the impact of the decline of college standards on the student, institution, and society. Chapter 2 describes the curriculum, administration, faculty, and students of the college and illustrates the complex and dynamic character of the study setting. Chapter 3 provides a detailed description of teaching and learning in the classroom, and chapter 4 looks at reading and writing behaviors required in class activities. Chapter 5 discusses the educational objectives of the college instructors, with a focus on the relationship of course objectives to instructor style, the emphasis on cognitive objectives in the classroom, faculty responses to low student literacy skills, and the reciprocal effects of student skills and teacher objectives. In chapter 6, student motives for pursuing an education are examined along with the way the institution reinforces and responds to these motives. Chapter 7 examines non-classroom influences contributing to the lack of literacy skills, including inadequate advisement, student placement problems, and the absence of special services for non-traditional students. Chapter 8 considers the indirect impact of administrative priorities on classroom literacy. Chapter 9 discusses the implications of study findings for administration and instruction in open-access colleges and offers recommendations for promoting literacy. (LAL)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, College Administration, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Equal Education, Literacy, Open Enrollment, Reading Skills, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc., 433 California St., San Francisco, CA 94104 (originally sold at $15.95; out-of-print as of 1990; now available from ERIC/EDRS, with permission of publisher).
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Note: Supersedes ED 237 125, which was the original announcement of this copyrighted book. Part of the Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series.