ERIC Number: ED408494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
A Guide for Planning and Implementing Instruction for Adults. A Theme-Based Approach. Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series.
Dirkx, John M.; Prenger, Suzanne M.
This guide is designed to help teachers plan and implement integrated, theme-based (ITB) instruction for adults. Chapter 1 provides an overview of integrated, thematic instruction. Chapter 2 discusses important assumptions about how adults learn. Chapter 3 provides a general discussion of differences among individuals in their approach to learning as well as context-based instruction and processes to use in implementing this approach to adult basic education/General Educational Development preparation. Its purpose is to provide a conceptual framework in which one can organize instructional planning and decision making. Chapter 4 describes specific process to use in selecting and planning theme units, including strategies to use to identify themes. Chapter 5 contains several sample theme units that illustrate how to plan and organize units around particular learner themes. Chapter 6 provides a more detailed description of specific instructional strategies that may be helpful in implementing a thematic approach to instruction. Chapter 7 provides an overview to assessing instruction and student learning within this approach and lists resource materials. Chapter 8 discusses ways to meet the challenges of ITB instruction. Three resources are appended: two approaches to defining competencies; curricular and instructional resources for implementing ITB instruction; and personal notes and reflections for teachers. Contains 70 references and an index. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Thematic Approach
Jossey-Bass Inc., 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A