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ERIC Number: ED333128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
[Technology Literacy Project]. Final Financial Status and Performance Report, F.Y. 1988.
Macmurdo, Alice
A project in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, investigated whether the use of computers along with Laubach literacy materials could significantly raise the reading level of adults presently reading at the 0-4 grade levels. Adults in a control and an experimental group (15 in each) worked one-on-one with volunteer tutors using the "Laubach Way to Reading" materials. The experimental group also had computer-assisted instruction. Other project activities were the following: (1) tutors received computer training; (2) software was created to correlate with Laubach materials; (3) computer programs for adults reading at grade 5-6 levels and basic mathematics books and software were purchased; and (4) peripherals required for use with certain computer programs were purchased. There was a shift away from computer programs focusing on phonics and toward the more global, visual methods of "Project Star" software, favored by adult students. Analysis indicated that the control group showed an advancement of 0.7 grades per 50 hours of work, and the experimental group showed an advancement of 1.2 grades. Other findings were that students showed evidence of tremendous growth in self-confidence; various reading styles existed among students; and unemployed adults were using the computers to gain skills and enhance their employability. The project also acquired library materials, recruited and trained volunteer tutors, and publicized the program. (Attachments include a questionnaire and description of "Project Star" software.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iberia Parish Library, New Iberia, LA.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana