ERIC Number: ED361503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Software for Adult Literacy: Scope, Suitability, Available Sources of Information, and Implications for Federal Policy. Final Report, Adult Literacy and New Technologies: Tools for a Lifetime.
Sivin-Kachala, Jay P.; Bialo, Ellen R.
This document, prepared for an ongoing assessment on adult literacy and new technologies, reports on a study that examined the scope and suitability of software for adult literacy programs, available sources of information concerning software use in adult literacy programs, and the implications for federal policy. First, a quantitative analysis of the distribution of the available supply of software for adult literacy with respect to subject, adult literacy submarket, type, price, computer brand, other hardware issues, and copyright date was performed. Next, detailed surveys and follow-up interviews were conducted with 33 adult literacy provider organizations throughout the United States for the purpose of assessing the suitability of the existing supply of software for different adult student populations. The needs of software acquisition decision makers, the type of information actually provided by different sources, and the accessibility of each source were examined in an overview of sources that provider organizations consult for information about software. The study findings were synthesized into six recommendations regarding the federal government's role with respect to technology for adult literacy. The following materials are appended: 19 figures and 18 tables detailing the scope of the current supply of adult literacy software; a list of participating adult literacy provider organizations; the provider organization survey and interview forms; and a list of highly recommended stand-alone software products. Contains 17 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Information Sources, Instructional Effectiveness, Media Selection, Public Policy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Authoring Institution: Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: For related documents, see CE 064 323 and CE 064 432-437.