ERIC Number: ED372303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan-31
A Feel for Books (Adult Learner Book Discussion Program). Program Effectiveness Study.
Harrington, Marcia; Goudreau, Nancy
"A Feel for Books" is a book discussion program for adult developing readers and their teachers and tutors conducted at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. The program consists of five or six meetings per year, each about 1.5-2 hours in length conducted at 2 local libraries; over 2 years, 40-60 persons regularly attended each meeting. An evaluation was conducted with 10 students who participated in 2 interviews and 3 book discussion sessions and documented their daily and weekly literacy behavior and feelings in a journal, and with 6 teachers/tutors who were asked to document any changes of performance or attitude they observed in their one or two learners during weekly instruction as well as to attend the 3 sessions and participate in the 2 interviews. Analysis of the testimony given by students and teachers or tutors showed that the program has greatly affected those who attended on a regular basis for 2 years. All 10 students evidenced degrees of positive change concerning their literacy and learning understanding, feeling, and behaviors. In addition, participation in the program affected the understanding of literacy instruction of the six teachers/tutors more than their knowledge of the act and process of reading, and they gained more knowledge of their students' progress and their need to focus on recognizing that progress. The study concluded that "A Feel for Books" has provided many adult developing readers and their teachers/tutors with an approach to appreciation for literature, discussion, and the democratic exchange of ideas. The study recommended that other libraries consider sponsoring such a program and that they assess the results and make changes for program improvement based on such assessment. (Sample teacher/tutor's logs, student logs, and evaluation sheets are provided.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC.
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