ERIC Number: ED329770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Partners in Literacy. A Pilot Attitudinal Survey of Literacy Animators in Tamil Nadu, India.
Rogers, Alan, Ed.; And Others
A study was conducted of part-time instructors--called "animators"--who teach literacy in villages in Tamil Nadu, India. Three literacy programs were studied: a state-run program, a voluntary program, and a university-run program, all in rural areas. Structured interviews were conducted over several weeks with 52 animators to see how they saw themselves, their work, and the agency for which they worked. Questions were directed to the selection processes and training of animators, the development of inservice support systems, and the continuing use of some animators, planners, and trainers. The study found that most of the animators were in the work to help others or to help themselves for social reasons, although a few expected material rewards. Most said they liked their jobs and wished to continue, even if they were not paid. The animators were more aware of the material rather than the human resources available for their work. Less than a third of the animators said that they possessed any special characteristics for their work. They often lacked confidence and felt they lacked direction from their supervisors. Nevertheless, some of the animators prepared their own materials and took initiative in preparing their classes. All the animators knew their students well and were aware of their problems, although they did not see how they themselves could help the students with the problems. All the animators had had training and many felt that it was adequate. Implications of the study were drawn in the areas of selection, training, and use of animators. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Rural Areas, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Tutors
Education for Development, Ulph Cottage, Church Plain, Burnham Market, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8EL, United Kingdom (2.50 pounds, plus 50 pence postage and packing).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education for Development, King's Lynn (England).
Identifiers - Location: India