ERIC Number: ED356402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Standards for Basic Skills.
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
The Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit (ALBSU) is committed to improving the quality of basic skills provision in England and Wales. It has encouraged the development of quality assurance in basic skills so that potential and existing students know what they should be entitled to expect. ALBSU's Good Practice documents published since 1984 have tried to suggest how the quality of basic skills provision can be improved. "Evaluating Effectiveness in Adult Literacy and Basic Skills" suggests a framework for evaluation and proposes five performance indicators: average class size, student enrollment, student progress, student attendance, and program cost. ALBSU now proposes a set of "quality standards" for basic skills programs. The 12 elements recommend that every person taking part in a basic skills program should be entitled to the following: a confidential, personal interview before beginning tuition; a learning opportunity within easy reach of home; at least 4 hours of direct tuition per week; an appropriate teacher-student ratio in a learning group; respect for gender and cultural identity; a negotiated learning plan; regular assessment of progress; access to progression including advice and guidance; access to accreditation; teaching by staff trained to nationally recognized standards; access to suitable learning material; and teaching that takes account of the context for learning. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Basic Skills, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Standards, Youth Programs
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, Kingsbourne House, 229/231 High Holborn, London WC1V 7DA, England (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)