ERIC Number: ED396151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Moving Forward the Software Development Agenda in Adult Literacy. A Report Based on the Adult Literacy Software Development Conference (Reston, Virginia, October 18-19, 1994). NCAL Practice Report PR96-02.
This report describes the Adult Literacy Software Working Conference, which was attended by 52 adult literacy practitioners, software developers, hardware vendors, other educational technology specialists, policymakers, and researchers. The conference participants identified market, program and staff, and design and quality issues related to adult literacy software development and discussed potential roles and actions for each of the major stakeholders in adult literacy software development to achieve necessary changes and improvements in the field. The four papers presented are as follows: "The Adult Literacy Software Developer's Perspective" (Robert A. Lemire); "The Adult Literacy Software Marketplace" (Tim Songer); "Instructional Software Quality: More Possible than Ever Before" (Richard L. Venezky); and "Literacy Software User Concerns" (Lucy Tribble MacDonald). Working group reports are on the following topics: drafting Adult Education Act legislation fostering software development and use; creating an ideal public-private venture to support the production and use of adult literacy software; and designing an adult literacy software product prototype combining elements of instructional quality and pedagogical effectiveness. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Computer Software Development, Conferences, Courseware, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Federal Legislation, Literacy Education, Teacher Role
National Center on Adult Literacy, Publications, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. PR96-02).
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.