ERIC Number: ED344046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy: The Key to Lifelong Learning.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Continuing Education.
This policy paper is part of the plan for achieving universal literacy in New York State. It acknowledges accomplishments in creating a statewide network of public and private providers, in public financing, and in the public recognition of literacy's importance; it then examines what must be done to further meet literacy needs. The proposed solutions must address the following challenges: determining adult literacy needs; assigning priority to adult literacy programs and services; eliminating physical and programmatic barriers; and improving adult literacy instruction, curriculum, and assessment. The following recommendations are made: (1) adult literacy and lifelong learning programs should be part of the state's comprehensive educational system; (2) adult literacy needs should be determined; (3) learning opportunities for adult literacy students should be improved; (4) programs should be relevant and appropriate to adult learners; (5) resources and support should be provided to staff; (6) adult literacy teachers should earn pay equal to elementary-secondary teachers; (7) appropriate performance standards should be established; (8) effective assessment instruments and technical assistance should be supported; and (9) programs should provide learner-centered instruction and support systems and promote student leadership and program involvement. Also included are a 19-item bibliography and 4 appendices with information on: the planning committee; federal, state, and special literacy programs; literacy convention resolutions; and proposed legislative initiatives. (NLA)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Comparable Worth, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Networks, Performance Factors, Policy Formation, Private Sector, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Public Sector, Social Support Groups, Staff Development, State Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Office of Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York