ERIC Number: ED476518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Moving On with Confidence: Perceptions of Success in Teaching and Learning Adult Literacy. Research Paper.
Perceptions of success in teaching and learning adult literacy in England were examined in a study that included interviews with 30 learners and 10 tutors. The teaching approaches most often cited by the tutors as leading to success were as follows: (1) base tutoring on individual interests; (2) personal and social support for each student; (3) use of a variety of teaching styles; (4) an ongoing cycle of assessment, planning, and review; (5) use of computer-assisted learning; (6) use of a range of spelling strategies; and (7) use of real print. The signs of student success most frequently mentioned by the tutors were as follows: (1) increased confidence, motivation, assertiveness; (2) demonstrating learning through a review of goals or targets; (3) using something that has been learned; (4) receiving feedback from friends or family; (5) doing something that could not be done before; (6) attending regularly; and (7) indicating through assessment or tests. When asked about whether they were being successful in their learning, most students were adamant that they were and could present evidence to support their claims. Students credited their learning with enabling them to perform new literacy tasks and giving them new knowledge or skills that they had since begun using in their lives and work. (Contains 56 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Classroom Techniques, Educational Attainment, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Self Efficacy, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Success, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk (7.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)