ERIC Number: ED437605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy and Service-Learning. A "Links" Piece, Connecting Theory and Practice.
Cook, Charles C.; Shumer, Robert
The information contained in this publication, a brief introduction to literacy, is designed to help potential literacy workers gain a basic understanding of literacy issues. The publication notes that current literacy efforts in the United States, especially the new America Reads initiative, are focused on helping young children up to the third grade learn the skills of reading and also learn to enjoy and appreciate reading activities. It points out that new and innovative methods are necessary because 40% of all school children are now reading below basic levels on national reading assessments. For example, students from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and post-secondary institutions involved in peer and cross-aged tutoring programs can provide a pool of potential literacy instructors who can assist with the national literacy effort. The publication states that any organization using volunteers to tutor children or adults should become informed about the results and challenges of previous volunteer programs. The first section lists names, contact information, Web addresses, and a brief description of 11 national organizations that promote literacy; it also presents annotations of 6 publications that provide a background to the undertaking of literacy education through service learning. The second section presents annotations of 7 books and articles that give specific examples of literacy programs that use service learning. The third section lists 3 organizations from which the works mentioned in the publication may be ordered. (NKA)
Descriptors: Cross Age Teaching, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Literacy, Reading Achievement, Service Learning, Theory Practice Relationship, Tutoring, Volunteers
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, University of Minnesota, R-460 VoTech Ed Bldg, 1954 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6197. Tel: 800-808-7378 (Toll Fee); Web site: http://umn.edu/~serve; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. National Service-Learning Cooperative Clearinghouse.