ERIC Number: ED373156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-15
The Northern New England Social Action Theater. Literacy Theater Staff Training Project: An Evaluation. Evaluation Report.
Mackin, Kathleen J.; And Others
A study examined the effectiveness and replicability of staff training programs provided by the Northern New England Social Action Theater (NNESAT), whose touring component travels around the country promoting the use of improvisational theater as a means of training all levels of literacy practitioners. Questionnaires were administered at 13 NNESAT scenario presentations to some 700 adult basic education (ABE) practitioners in 8 cities and 5 improvisational workshops attended by approximately 100 trainees. Nearly all participants in the scenario presentations and improvisational workshops were interested in and pleased with the literacy training provided by the NNESAT. The troupe was praised for tailoring the issues and messages presented to specific communities/audiences, stimulating and managing audience participation, and conveying new information and skills to trainees. It was concluded that the NNESAT training program is indeed useful and replicable but could be improved by focusing on how training applies to ABE administration/teaching and student learning, providing more direction to scenario discussions, expanding the "nuts-and-bolts" training provided, and making sure participants' expectations of training sessions are accurate. (Seventeen tables/figures are included. Appended are the study questionnaires, survey administration instructions, and a list of performance sites/dates included in the evaluation.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Portsmouth, NH.; Nashua Adult Learning Center, NH.