ERIC Number: ED405510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Assisted Reading Instruction for the Adult Learner. A 353 Special Demonstration Project #99-6011.
Hawk, Kim; And Others
This document contains a project report and tutor manual from a demonstration project conducted by the Fayette County Community Action Agency (FCCAA) of Fayette County, Pennsylvania to evaluate the effectiveness of using computers and selected reading software in conjunction with traditional one-on-one tutoring to teach reading skills to undereducated adults. The report describes the following project activities: (1) a draft curriculum for a tutor-assisted computerized reading instruction program for adults curriculum was developed and reviewed by FCCAA faculty and students; (2) literacy software (EDL Reading Strategies Software) was purchased and installed at the computer laboratory at the Fayette campus of Penn State University and at FCCAA's existing computer laboratories; (3) FCCAA developed and implemented a 10-hour program to train volunteer tutors to use the literacy software and 51 adult students participated in the computer-assisted instruction with their volunteer tutors; (4) the curriculum and handbook were revised. All the tutors preferred the computerized method of instruction over traditional tutoring with textbooks, and 93% of the students surveyed were satisfied with the computer-assisted instruction they received. Appended are the following: original instructions for EDL software; tutor data form, agendas, and log; adult attendance record; and results of ERIC literature search. The computer literacy manual for volunteer tutors contains the following: history and anatomy of personal computers and diskettes, WordPerfect commands, guide to using EDL software, glossary, and 10 references. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, College School Cooperation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Demonstration Programs, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy Education, School Community Programs, Tutoring, Volunteer Training
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc., Uniontown, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania