ERIC Number: ED358876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
FIPSE--Adult Literacy Courseware Development, September 1, 1985-December 30, 1988. Final Report.
Griffin, Tom; Songer, Tim
A project was undertaken at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), in Charlotte, North Carolina, to develop, field test, and validate reading courseware for adults that takes into account individual learning styles. Two literacy products were developed and evaluated. The first, the Learning Style Survey (LSS), is an interactive videodisc developed to assess the preferred learning styles of low-literate adults. The LSS was validated through field tests involving more than 1,000 adult students nationwide, which revealed that over 60% of the participants reading below a 9th grade level had a strong preference for auditory materials, while 60% of those reading at a high school level preferred visual materials. The second product, the Reading to Educate and Develop Yourself (READY) videodisc, provides a series of nine microcomputer-based reading comprehension modules which include considerable auditory materials. The modules cover: (1) an introduction to the system; (2) locating important parts of the text; (3) vocabulary improvement; (4) locating key words in a sentence; (5) comprehension through the use of synonyms; (6) identifying the topic of a passage; (7) identifying a sentence that summarizes the main topic; (8) tests of student comprehension; and (9) a review of vocabulary. Validation of the READY course, involving a comparison of students in READY courses with students in traditional courses at two community colleges, showed generally positive results. Appendixes include a 111-page report on the validation of the LSS, an LSS brochure and other information on using videodiscs to assess preferred learning styles, the READY course manual, a report of instructor comments on the READY course and preliminary results of a validation study, and lists of colleges using the components. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Audiovisual Aids, Aural Learning, Cognitive Style, Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Innovation, Individual Development, Interactive Video, Literacy, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Two Year Colleges, Videodisks, Visual Learning
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.