ERIC Number: ED387672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-10
Literacy and Machines: An Overview of the Use of Technology in Adult Literacy Programs. NCAL Brief.
Turner, Terilyn C.
The history of technology use in adult literacy programs was reviewed, and attitudes enhancing and limiting the use of technology were examined. Among the key findings of the analysis were the following: (1) the value of technology for literacy instruction is based on its provision of privacy, individual control, immediate feedback, and flexibility for learners; (2) the process of selecting appropriate technology must take into account the larger themes and issues currently being debated in adult literacy, including the nature of the learner, purpose of literacy instruction, and issues of evaluation and accountability; and (3) because of the marked differences among the various types of programs (including workplace literacy, family literacy, and English as a second language), context should be the primary determinant for selection of appropriate technology. Among the study recommendations were the following: technology selection should be based on previously identified needs/problems within the literacy program; practitioners need to teach adult learners to access information rather than sound out words; and as issues of access and equity are debated in the fields of literacy and technology, practitioners need to provide leadership in determining the future of technology in the adult literacy field. (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.
Note: For the full report, see ED 356 408.