ERIC Number: ED327696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Older Displaced Workers Write To Read: A Computer-Assisted, Work-Related Basic Skills Program Using the Process Approach to Writing. Final Report.
Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.
A project was developed to teach literacy to adult students over 40 years old, using job-related materials in a computer-assisted approach with volunteer tutors. The project used the Penn State Adult Literacy Courseware, consisting of six computer-based modules and an Apple IIGS microcomputer. Volunteer teachers already working with adult students at the test site were recruited for participation in the project and trained in using the courseware. Adult students reading at a sixth-grade level or below who were unemployed or underemployed were targeted for the program. Tutors helped students work on modules that met their needs and interests. Throughout the project and at the end, 13 students and 14 tutors were asked about their attitudes and impressions of the project. Evaluation indicated that tutors and students showed positive attitudes and interest in the courseware. Many volunteer tutors were able to use the computers and courseware with their students by the end of the project, and students showed gains in reading and writing ability. Many student/tutor pairs were still working with the computers/courseware at the end of the project and planned to continue. The project proved, however, that learning to use computers takes time as well as support for tutors and students. (Sixteen appendices contain responses to the student attitude, student closeout, tutor attitude, and tutor closeout surveys; tutor guidelines; a 29-page program manual; a 35-page tutor's guide to the courseware; responses to the advisory board questionnaire; and guidelines for creating courseware lessons.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Artificial Speech, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Courseware, Dislocated Workers, Literacy Education, Older Workers, Outcomes of Education, Process Approach (Writing), Sight Method, Teaching Methods, Tutoring, Workplace Literacy, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.