ERIC Number: ED459886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pilgrims on a Stony Path: Seeking Enhanced Literacy at the Community College.
Leech, Nancy G.
This document is a qualitative study on the literacy enhancement of community college students and the role that community colleges served in assisting this enhancement. Data collection was done through ethnographic interviews of seven community college students in order to determine what factors put these individuals on a literacy path initially and what factors worked to keep them there, in spite of obstacles. The findings indicated that intrinsic and extrinsic motivators were present for all participants. The improvement of communication and access were predominant responses. Meeting employment credentials and the internal desire for personal knowledge and learning were also stated as factors from the students. The study provides implications to community faculty and literacy workers on ways to enhance the literacy of students or literacy program participants. The use of real-life, practical examples and strategies is suggested. The document also states that instruction should address and be relevant to the individualized needs of the students. The document contains demographics on community colleges and community college literacy programs. It also includes three appendices with the interview topics, sample responses, and variable coding. (Contains 47 references.) (MKF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, College Faculty, College Role, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Program Implementation, Remedial Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.