ERIC Number: ED426187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Going On-line. A Research Report on the Use of On-line Technologies by Adult Literacy Teachers and Learners.
Victoria Univ. of Tech., Melbourne (Australia).
The Literacy Learning through Technology project sought to explore how professionals in adult literacy and basic education (ALBE) in Victoria, Australia, developed their expertise with online technology and incorporated it into their programs. Data were gathered from surveys and follow-up interviews with 10 participants and visits to 9 sites that were in various stages of accessing online technology. Results showed that participants became more proficient with online technology if they had free access to the Internet at work and at home, a technical support network, personal motivation, and purpose. Nine of the 10 had incorporated online technology into their teaching. Factors affecting professional development of ALBE professionals included time and commitment they make for their own development and the benefits it brings to their learners. Workshops were useful for those starting to use the Internet, whereas those at higher levels of expertise might benefit from free access at home. Networking should also be promoted. Recommendations were made to increase technical support for teachers and students and to study the impact of online technology on students. (Contains 26 references and 4 appendices: survey form, interview schedule, list of websites, and list of participating sites.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Victoria Univ. of Tech., Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia