ERIC Number: ED380557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Focus Group Report.
Washington, Charles W., Ed.
The National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities (NALLD) Center identified as a major goal the design of a tool kit for literacy practitioners. In addition to training materials, the tool kit would provide specific information on instruments and intervention techniques to help identify and teach adults with specific learning disabilities. The NALLD Center conducted focus group meetings to identify the standards that professionals in the fields of learning disabilities, literacy, and adult education consider important in screening and intervention techniques used with adults who may have learning disabilities. The focus group meetings were held in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; and San Francisco, California. Focus group participants expressed a strong desire to think of screening as a source of prescription for intervention. Many individuals perceived screening as a means to profile strengths and weaknesses, as opposed to an indicator of potential learning disabilities. Comments that related to screening and teaching practices suggested a strong need to have a resource for intervention techniques. Screening standards and intervention standards related to specific instructional materials and methods were identified. Participants stressed that training and dissemination were aspects of the complete program that should be ongoing, open ended, and reflective of proven best practices. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC. National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center.