ERIC Number: ED402418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Hammond Workforce 2000: Literacy for Older Adults. Final Performance Report.
Hammond Public Library, IN.
From October 1993 to September 1994, a project provided equipment and materials to extend literacy efforts to older adults at the Hammond Public Library, Indiana. Notebook computers containing user-friendly software, used in coordination with the local Laubach Literacy Program, as well as books, audiocassettes, videocassettes, and BiFolkal media kits, provided older adults with a multifaceted basis for learning. The portability of the notebook computers allowed learning to take place at the library as well as off site in senior residential housing and at senior group meetings. A third-party evaluation concluded that the project deviated from its goal of using computers to teach reading skills. The new focus on computer literacy was in response to the needs of participants, who were enthusiastic about the change. Suggestions for improvement included the following: better publicity, wider variety of computer programs, more depth in programs offered, and permanent availability of computers at project sites. A copy of the survey instrument used to evaluate this project precedes the report. (Attachments to the project report include the following: press releases; information from the videoconference, Technology: New Tools for Adult Literacy; a brochure listing available software; two data tables showing training schedules; a brochure, "Educational Opportunities for Older Adults"; Senior Day advertising flyers; a letter sent to labor organizations and clergy; and items from organizational newsletters.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hammond Public Library, IN.