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ERIC Number: ED356466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Literacy, Multicultural, and Socio-Cultural Considerations: Student Literacy Corps and the Community.
Flippo, Rona F.; And Others
The Student Literacy Corps of Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the surrounding community, implemented a successful literacy program whose primary goal was to nurture and develop literacy opportunities and awareness of cultural diversity for area youth and adults. College students (for whom this is an elective course) provide the learning tools for their tutees, assist them with instructional strategies, provide encouragement and moral support, and closely monitor their successes and their setbacks. The ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the college tutor and his or her tutee are usually different, allowing both individuals to learn about the other's culture and to understand cultural influences on behavior. The Student Literacy Corps is a community effort: college administrators, faculty, and students; community social service agencies; the community adult learning center; local businesses; and individuals form the community work collaboratively to instill or further develop a sense of pride in all the individuals involved. Program outcomes included: (1) elementary level students developed more positive attitudes toward reading and writing; (2) most high school students improved their grades; (3) all of the adults passed key sections of the Graduate Equivalency Diploma final exam; and (4) tutors' understanding of themselves, the community, and the daily forces affecting the lives and education of children, adolescents, and adults increased. (Contains 16 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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