ERIC Number: ED430101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Basics for Successful ABE Instruction: Working with Adult Learners. Quality Professional Development Project. Professional Development Manual IV.
Florida Community Coll., Jacksonville.
This workbook, one of six professional development manuals prepared by experienced adult basic education (ABE) instructors, is designed to assist the instructor setting up and operating an ABE classroom. A pretest and posttest appear first. Each of the units begins with a list of objectives and then provides instructional material. Unit 1 describes the physical set-up of the room and operational policies that promote an efficient, student-friendly, individualized classroom. It includes materials needed to get a student started in a course of study and a recordkeeping system to record student progress. Unit 2 offers guidelines for assessing student strengths and weaknesses, ideas for motivating students and helping them improve concentration, information on teaching to varied learning modalities, and suggestions for teaching to the diverse needs of adult students. Unit 3 explains the Florida-mandated performance standards and the ABE basic skills and functional curricula and reviews examples of how to correlate learning activities with the performance standards for some functional curricula. Unit 4 discusses teaching strategies proven effective with ABE students--print-based learning, oral reading, projects, and whole language learning. Unit 5 identifies survival strategies for the ABE instructor and student management methods. Appendixes contain pretest and posttest answer keys, instructor self-evaluation, and student evaluation. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Behavioral Objectives, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, Faculty Development, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Performance Based Assessment, Pretests Posttests, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Teacher Morale, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Workforce Development.
Authoring Institution: Florida Community Coll., Jacksonville.
Note: For the trainer's guide to the Quality Professional Development Project, see CE 078 582; for the six manuals, see CE 078 576-581.