ERIC Number: ED415371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Oakland Public Library Final Performance Report for Library Services and Construction Act (LCSA) Title VI Library Literacy Program.
Oakland Public Library, CA.
A project at the Oakland Public Library produced four volumes of oral histories, edited on four different reading levels, from beginning to intermediate, to correspond with the Laubach reading series. One consultant performed the three jobs of interviewer, transcriber, and writer, and two autobiographies were written rather than spoken by intermediate-level students with the assistance of their tutors. Photographs were taken of each student and family photos were included as well. Nine students were involved in the project. The oral histories and autobiographies were printed as books and will be used as textbooks for the 300 students in the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, as well as students in other programs throughout California and the United States. The students involved in the project increased their self-esteem and their interest in learning. An unexpected effect of the project is that the oral histories so concisely explain adult illiteracy that they are useful in promoting the library's program to potential supporters and legislators. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Audiotape Recordings, Autobiographies, Instructional Materials, Interviews, Library Extension, Library Role, Literacy Education, Material Development, Oral History, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Library Programs.
Authoring Institution: Oakland Public Library, CA.