ERIC Number: ED478434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
Equipped for the Future: Tools & Standards for Building & Assessing Quality Adult Literacy Programs.
Spangenberg, Gail; Watson, Sarah
This report presents results from interviews with a sampling of experienced Equipped for the Future (EFF) users. Chapter I provides background and context for this initiative. Chapter II provides facts and figures from the field and presents questions posed and interviewees' views. The questions are as follows: (1) Why did you or your organization decided to use EFF?; (2) How have you used EFF in your program and at what stage of implementation are you?; (3) What results do you get from use of EFF?; (4) Are you better off using EFF than other approaches, and can you explain why?; (5)What data do you collect and how is it used?; (6) Do you get EFF technical support when needed and from whom?; (7) What kind of staff training have you required to apply EFF?; (8) How could EFF be more widely used in your state or program to expand outreach, improve learning quality, provide instructional services that adults really need, and assess effectiveness?; (9) How important is EFF to your future, and what if it disappeared?; and (10) Is there sufficient awareness at the state and national level of what EFF has to offer, and what would you suggest to improve awareness? Chapter III concludes that the majority of users are enthusiastic about EFF; most see it as vital to current and future programming and for the systemwide reform they believe is needed; and when asked to imagine a future without EFF, most describe serious, even disastrous, setbacks to efforts to improve quality of literacy services and program accountability. Twenty readings are suggested. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Basic Skills, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Literacy Education, National Standards, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, State Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.caalusa.org/efftoolsstandards.pdf
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy, New York, NY.