ERIC Number: ED380560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-1
Reference Count: N/A
Macomb Reading Partners Research Report.
Snoddy, James E.
A study evaluated Macomb Reading Partners (MRP), the tutoring program of the Macomb Literacy Project. It researched the effectiveness of literacy training and its impact on the lives of a target group of 30 automotive workers. Data sources were a structured interview, the Word Opposites Test of the Botel Reading Inventory (1962), and participant files. Findings indicated the mean gain in reading grade-level equivalency per month for the sample was .204. Participants in the 40-58 age range showed significantly higher average monthly gains in grade-level equivalency than those below age 40. The last school grade completed did not appear to be predictive of either reading grade-level equivalency at the point of entry into the tutoring program or the average monthly gain that could be expected. The average monthly gain in reading grade-level equivalency for the sample was significantly higher for those tutored for 10 months or less than for those tutored for 13 months or more. When participants described the reading strategies they tried to use, their comments were very supportive of tutors' methods. The participants reported frequent and diverse application of newly acquired literacy skills to their life roles. Participation in the tutoring program was highly related to positive feelings. (Appendixes include the following: interview protocol, and the paper, "Life Transitions and Trigger Events Leading to Participation in a Volunteer Literacy Program" by James E. Snoddy. Contains 11 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Library, Mt. Clemens, MI.