ERIC Number: ED387668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-10
Reference Count: N/A
The Professionalization of the Adult Literacy Teacher. NCAL Brief.
Shanahan, Timothy; And Others
Research studies and theoretical works on the following aspects of professionalization of adult literacy teachers were reviewed: preparation, certification, and licensure of adult educators; history of the professionalization process of other occupations; state certification requirements for adult basic education (ABE) teachers; and preparation standards for literacy educators. It was concluded that the long-standing debate over professionalization of literacy teachers cannot be resolved unless all sides examine the assumptions underlying their positions regarding issues such as the following: adults' rights to education; the state's responsibility for educating adults; the role of teachers in educational quality; and the effectiveness of teacher training. It was further concluded that states with teacher preparation requirements contribute a much greater share of their total ABE allocation to teacher preparation than do states with no such requirements. Among the recommendations were the following: policy forums involving federal and state policymakers, researchers, and practitioners should be held to open debate about the effectiveness of various approaches to certification/licensure in the field of adult literacy; federal support should be provided for empirical research on the effectiveness of teacher training in adult literacy instruction; and adult literacy teachers should take a proactive role in professionalization debates. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.