ERIC Number: ED342903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Student-Centered Approach to Adult Literacy in Allegheny County: Adoption of a Nationally-Recognized Model Small Group Instruction in Math. Final Report.
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, PA.
The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council offered a pilot program for instruction in mathematics in conjunction with its literacy program. The small group collaborative model was used. The council trained 20 tutors in a 12-hour basic reading workshop, then started 13 groups in 9 neighborhoods. Groups of about five students and a tutor met once each week for 1.5 hours. Sessions were held in 12-week cycles to provide convenient entry and exit points and opportunities for evaluations. Attendance at 75 to 80 percent of the class meetings was to be rewarded with a certificate. Eighty students received instruction through these groups. Cooperation among students, tutors, program staff, and the literacy staff was essential for the success of the program. Evaluation of the project showed that inclusion of the mathematics groups strengthened and enriched the literacy program. (Ten appendixes provide examples of the following project materials: a certificate, a student goal checklist, an interviewer letter, a newsletter article, a list of opportunities for volunteers, mathematics and reading tutor's group evaluation forms, a students' group evaluation form, a mathematics journal, and a tutor's communication form.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, PA.