ERIC Number: ED435843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Adult Educators' Perceptions of Health Issues and Topics in Adult Basic Education Programs. NCSALL Reports #8.
Rudd, Rima E.; Moeykens, Barbara A.
A national survey of adult basic education (ABE) teachers examined practitioners' perceptions of, and experiences with, health issues and topics in ABE classes. Of the 1,621 surveys mailed out, 636 (39%) were returned. Of the respondents, 41% taught in rural settings, 35% taught in urban settings, and 23% taught in suburban settings. Most (93%) of the teachers considered the adult learning setting an appropriate setting to teach and learn about health. Nutrition was the most common health topic to have been discussed in ABE classes. Those teachers who had included health units in their ABE classes viewed health lessons as enhancing skills in the areas of dialogue and discussion, vocabulary building, reading, language development, and critical thinking. Overall, those adult educators who had taught health gave health high ratings as a content area supporting curriculum goals. Although teachers' definitions of health literacy tended to focus on health information, the idea of functional health literacy appeared to be gaining greater attention. It was concluded that health educators must collaborate with adult educators to enlarge the concept of functional health literacy and include more emphasis on skills to promote medical communication, access to health services, and patient advocacy. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Programs, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Health, Health Education, Health Materials, Integrated Curriculum, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
NCSALL Reports, World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210 ($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.