ERIC Number: ED329754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Instructional Strategies & Resources for Literacy and Employment Training Programs. A Technical Assistance Guide. A Supplement to: Wider Opportunities: Combining Literacy and Employment Training for Women. A Program Model.
Beck, Judy A.
This technical assistance guide contains information on adult learners and how they differ from learners who are children and the related program implications. The first section describes characteristics of adults that affect the attitudes adults bring to the classroom situation. These include bringing life experiences; having self-concept as a major concern; being affected by problems and stresses in their lives; being pragmatic about learning; being selective in what they learn; having definite ideas about authority figures; thinking they are supposed to be in control; and being concerned about psychological and physical comfort. The next section discusses eight principles to guide the teaching of adults in a literacy and employment training program: (1) meaningfulness; (2) appropriateness; (3) modeling; (4) practicing; (5) empowerment; (6) stimulation; (7) openness; and (8) facilitation. A sample lesson plan that incorporates these principles of learning is provided. The following section focuses attention on instructional strategies for lower-skilled learners. Activities are listed that build skills through discussion, new experiences, self-evaluation, and software. An evaluation checklist is provided to assess potential materials for use with adult literacy students. An annotated list of 14 resource materials and publications related to literacy instruction and job readiness workshops is appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Classroom Techniques, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Principles, Employment Programs, Females, Illiteracy, Individual Characteristics, Job Training, Learning Activities, Literacy Education, Low Income Groups, Teaching Methods, Womens Education
Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., 1325 G Street, NW, Lower Level, Washington, DC 20005.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.; Hitachi Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 299 397, ED 300 553, and CE 057 323-324.