ERIC Number: ED412374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Technology and Adult Literacy: Findings from a Survey on Technology Use in Adult Literacy Programs.
Hopey, Christopher E.; Harvey-Morgan, Joyce; Rethemeyer, R. Karl
A national survey identified the extent of computer technology use in adult literacy programs and explored the attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of adult literacy providers in implementing technology. It also conducted a systematic inventory of the types of computer technology currently in use in adult literacy programs. In recent years, a number of studies had suggested that the expansion of computer technology in adult literacy programs was essential to meet the adult literacy needs of the nation. Of 1,633 surveys that were mailed, 515 responses were received from California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, and Delaware. Findings indicated that many adult literacy programs had a firm foothold in technology, using it for administrative, instructional, assessment, and networking purposes. Although there was still resistance and questioning about the effectiveness of using technology among some providers, the overall level of interest in using technology was extremely high. The majority of survey respondents had come to view the use of technology as an opportunity rather than as an imposition and were interested in expanding its use. The survey also concluded there were major issues of access to technology, technology funding, and staff expertise that must be addressed to accomplish any significant expansion of technology in adult literacy. (Appendixes contain 33 references, 38 data tables, and 9 figures.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Use Studies
National Center on Adult Literacy, University of Pennsylvania, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR96-12).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.