ERIC Number: ED339911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-15
Project VITAL. Final Financial Status and Performance Report.
In its third year of funding, Project VITAL (Volunteers In Training Act and Learn) was designed to provide literacy training to 500 librarians, coordinators, and volunteers working in literacy programs. Through the techniques of improvisational theater, structured scenarios were enacted dealing with illiteracy, women's concerns of domestic violence, and issues of the elderly, minorities, and persons with disabilities. After skits were presented, a facilitator encouraged trainees in the audience to discuss the specific problems with the scenario characters. A second component of the training was a workshop for library literacy staff and volunteers who were trained to use the techniques of improvisational theater. Staff training was provided to 849 persons in 9 states. Of the 214 training session evaluations returned at the 9 workshops, 184 rated the training excellent, and 23 rated it good. Training in the use of improvisational theater as an awareness technique, tutor training method, and teaching tool was provided to 114 literacy educators in 4 states. All but one of the evaluations rated the training excellent. (Attachments include the evaluation form and correspondence.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nashua Public Library, NH.