ERIC Number: ED361590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education through Technology Project. Program Year 1990-1991. Final Report.
Odessa Coll., TX.
Many adults in basic literacy programs tend to drop out if they cannot see the program's relevance to the real world. In response to this problem, Odessa College (Odessa, Texas) developed, implemented, and evaluated an innovative program for adult education through technology designed to provide high quality, multimedia literacy education directly related to employability and the workplace for special needs and disadvantaged adults. The Odessa Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) students were targeted as the experimental group. The Pecos JOBS students and Odessa Learning Center non-JOBS students served as control groups. The experimental group students were instructed in workplace competencies using the Comprehensive Competency Program (CCP) and were also provided with information on jobs. These students used computers and videos to study workplace math, English, reading, social skills, reasoning skills, values, employability skills, and vocational training requirements. They were encouraged to use these tools to explore their aptitude, interests, and learning style as they progressed on their academic skills. The Pecos group was encouraged to explore the same, without technology components. Obstacles were use of part-time instructors and student reluctance to leave the more familiar General Educational Development program studies. (Appendixes include the following: student reports and profiles, project quarterly reports, newsletter articles, advisory board agenda, training session agenda and handouts, Conover software (as used in the project) to CCP and to basic skills cross references, evaluation forms and results, and vendor references with addresses.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, At Risk Persons, Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Instructional Development, Job Skills, Job Training, Multimedia Instruction, Occupational Information, Program Development, Program Implementation, Special Needs Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Odessa Coll., TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas