ERIC Number: ED451362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Recommendations for the National Adult Literacy Summit Action Agenda: A Report of Five Focus Groups. NCSALL Occasional Paper.
Smith, Christine; Bingman, Beth
In February 2000, the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) cosponsored a national literacy summit of more than 100 representatives from the field of adult literacy and basic education in Washington, DC. During the summit, 29 adult literacy teachers from 5 states (Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, and Delaware) participated in 5 focus groups. Each focus group worked to develop its own version of what the vision and goal of the summit agenda should be. The focus groups also ranked eight action strategies for achieving their chosen vision and goal. The following were mentioned by at least one focus group as being among its three most-desired strategies: include learners' perspectives; commitment to access; instructional and program quality improvements; professional development opportunities; and create partnerships. (Appendixes constituting approximately two-thirds of the document contain the following items: focus group notes on selected action steps; the NCSALL focus group guide that was developed to obtain teacher feedback for a national literacy summit draft action agenda; the form used to collect information about the focus groups; a flyer for advertising focus groups; and information about the NCSALL practitioner dissemination and research network.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Focus Groups, Guidelines, Information Dissemination, Literacy Education, National Organizations, National Programs, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Guides, Public Agencies, Records (Forms), Teacher Attitudes
For full text: http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu/research/op_pdrn.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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.