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ERIC Number: ED469812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Leading from the Middle: The State Role in Adult Education & Literacy.
Chisman, Forrest P.
This primer on the state role in adult education and literacy (AEL) looks at how well the states are performing their leadership functions, current commitment, and how to improve their leadership capacity and commitment. Section I is an introduction. Section II explains how the adult education and literacy system (AELS) functions as part of the intergovernmental system. It describes federal and local roles and how the states combine them and play funding, policy, and administrative roles. Section III describes the state role in the AELS in its various dimensions. The discussion reports that, in financial and human resource terms, the state draws on these six large systems in its role in AEL: adult education programs, elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, human resource, family literacy, and volunteer systems. Section IV discusses these three major roles states play in the AELS and the challenges they face in performing them: as administrators, the challenges they face are the nature of the workforce, quality control and accountability, promoting articulation, quantity and quality, focus of service, and shortage of management resources; in their governance role, they place programs under three arrangements (school boards, community colleges, workforce investment boards); and challenges within their policy leadership role include top-down leadership, leadership from the bottom, focusing the appeal, and the need for infrastructure. Section V contains brief concluding remarks. (YLB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A