ERIC Number: ED357230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Versions and Variety: A Report on Student Writing and Publishing in Adult Literacy Education.
O'Rourke, Rebecca; Mace, Jane
Publication of student writing in adult basic education (ABE) or adult literacy classes in Great Britain was the focus of a research project. Discussions with 120 tutors and 136 students took place during field visits to 12 classes, 21 tutoring projects, 2 prison education departments, 2 further education colleges, 5 open learning centers, and 7 special projects. Additional data were collected from 185 responses to a questionnaire, a conference, and review of student publications. The research revealed the following: (1) student publishing is declining compared to the last 2 decades; (2) purposes include documenting achievement, group project, souvenir, organizational promotion, internal circular, and literary production; (3) learning beyond writing skills is an important gain; (4) publishing student writing enhances self-esteem, provides a meaningful context for skill development, and counters isolation; (5) critics and advocates disagree about whether and how student writing should be edited; (6) many feel that usefulness is limited by poor design and presentation; (7) the real value of student publishing lies in the process, not the products; and (8) publishing deserves more recognition and financial support. Results of the study included the following: a clear outline of a variety of models of student writing; documentation of the reflections of a wide range of students, tutors, and program developers; and recommendations for good practice and national support. (Three appendixes are as follows: (1) 48 references and 5 resource addresses; (2) a list of project participants; and (3) the questionnaire used in the project.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Educational Attitudes, Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Student Attitudes, Student Writing Models, Teacher Attitudes, Writing for Publication, Writing Instruction
Avanti Books, 8 Parsons Green, Boulton Road, Stevenage SG1 4KG, England, United Kingdom (4.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust, London (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)