ERIC Number: ED377382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Who Counts in Adult Literacy Programs? A National Survey of Numeracy Education.
Gal, Iddo; Schuh, Alex
Baseline information about numeracy education provision in the United States was collected in a questionnaire completed by 350 (57.9%) of 650 adult education programs surveyed. The usable responses yielded data about numeracy education provided to 774,955 students in 15 states. Among the study's main findings were the following: more than 80% of adult students receive some math-related instruction; fewer than 5% of teachers in programs providing numeracy education are certified to teach mathematics, and few have received any preservice training in mathematics instruction; administration of standardized tests is the most common method used to assess the mathematics skills of incoming students; and although more than 80% of programs report having access to computer software for mathematics instruction, fewer than 25% of students in those programs use such software. Three recommendations were made: teachers should receive more training in adult mathematics instruction; programs should use more comprehensive ways of assessing students' mathematics-related knowledge and achievement; and reporting procedures need to be developed to provide state and federal agencies with information regarding adult students receiving mathematics instruction. (Appended are the survey instrument and nine tables summarizing the data collected. Contains 43 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction, National Surveys, Numeracy, Participation, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Methods
National Center on Adult Literacy, Publications, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR94-09, $8).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.