ERIC Number: ED427194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Health and Literacy: Adult Educators' Experiences. NCSALL Reports #5.
Rudd, Rima E.; Zacharia, Catherine; Daube, Katharine
The experiences of adult educators in Massachusetts who have integrated a health unit into adult literacy classes were examined in an exploratory study. Over a 5-year period, 31 adult learning centers in Massachusetts received funding to incorporate health topics into their adult literacy curriculum. A total of 31 teachers from 24 of the sites were interviewed about their health projects. More than half of the projects were integrated into programs of adult basic education or English for speakers of other languages. Most classes spent approximately 4 hours each week on their health project. Seven teachers reported having conducted health projects in their literacy classes during each of the past 4 years. Most participants were women. Twenty-six teachers addressed health topics in activities incorporated into the regular class structure. In some cases, projects were implemented by small circles of learners who worked separately from the class. In a few classes, both methods were used. Project activities included the following: using videotapes or computers; creating "products" such as cookbooks, health brochures, or health resource directories; role playing; and delivering presentations to the class, school, or wider community. Overall, the teachers credited their health projects with enhancing students' literacy skills, motivation, confidence, self-esteem, and empowerment. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Health Education, Integrated Curriculum, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
NCSALL/World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1211 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts