ERIC Number: ED334353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Adult Literacy: Case Studies of Adults Attending Literacy Classes.
Gilkenson, Francine Boren
A study described and analyzed the uses of literacy at school, home, and work of two working adults labeled functionally illiterate, as measured by a score of 5.0 or less on a standardized reading test. Data were collected over an 18-month period by observation at five sites, which included the classroom, work sites, and homes of the participants. Data collected and analyzed included field notes, researcher memos, transcripts of audiotapes, documents, personal records, and information interviews. The study found that school was a place where judgments and assumptions were made about the participants. Judgments and assumptions were based on standardized test scores and affected the curriculum, teaching practices, class placement, and labeling of these adults. The school programs underestimated and misunderstood these adults and limited access to knowledge, mobility, and power. Five factors describing these adults were identified: resource networks, goal orientation/motivation, self-direction/independence, uses of literacy, and success. The study concluded that the integration of these factors into an educational program for working adults would result in improved instruction and greater program success. (The document includes 116 references and six appendixes containing documents used by the two case study subjects.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral dissertation, Fordham University.