ERIC Number: ED348516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Achieving Adult Literacy. Fastback 330.
Farris, Pamela J.
Leaders in business and industry are demanding workers who not only can read and write but can think creatively and critically and solve problems. Federal- and state-funded programs and volunteer organizations are involved with adult literacy. Increasingly, corporations are funding adult literacy projects. Adults read for different reasons than they did when in school. Their reading relates to work-related tasks; they read to keep up with current events or for their own enjoyment. A first goal of an adult literacy program should be to enhance the self-esteem and self-concept of low-literate adults. Appropriate instructional strategies are the language experience approach; cooperative learning; dialogue journals; books on tape; tutor as a model for oral reading; cloze procedure; graphic organizers; Know, Want to Know, Learned; and computers. Effective assessment methods are standardized and competency tests, checklists, and portfolios. Programs that show the diversity of adult literacy programs in the United States are intergenerational adult literacy projects; Project: Learn, a literature-based adult literacy program; Siskiyou County READ (Reading, Education, and Development) Project, a rural adult literacy effort; workplace literacy programs; Project Literacy United States; and volunteer efforts. (Nine organizational sources of information and 28 references are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Learning Motivation, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.