ERIC Number: ED356399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Approaches in Adult Literacy. Research into Evaluating the Effectiveness of Different Styles of Provision in Adult Literacy.
A study evaluated the effectiveness of different styles of literacy provision in areas covered by eight British local education authorities representing 5,770 literacy students. A sample of tutors selected to represent the range of styles gave information on the provision they made for 1,730 students and more detailed information about 174 students. Little evidence indicated that style provided a clear differentiating factor in literacy provision. Styles of provision with specific target groups, written aims, specified time scales, homogeneous intake, and a matching commitment expected from students were best placed to help students to achieve their goals. Students chose to attend provision most convenient to them rather than choosing a particular style. Sufficient information about style was generally unavailable. Most styles seemed to work best where students attended regularly. Tutors advocated the style of provision in which they were engaged. Courses with written objectives and specific time-scales seemed to encourage students to attend more regularly. Students mentioned particularly the benefits of working in small groups and of having adequate individual support. Ninety-six percent of students who had completed a course were firmly convinced they had made progress; reports from tutors and independent assessors supported these claims. Assessment, review, and evaluation took place reliably where resources were specifically designated for these purposes. (An appendix describes methodology.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy Education, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Recruitment, Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, Kingsbourne House, 229/231 High Holborn, London WC1V 7DA, England (6.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education and Science, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).; London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)