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ERIC Number: EJ1013645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
A Case Study of a Volunteer-Based Literacy Class with Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Lynch, Jacqueline
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v53 n2 p302-325 Jul 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine participants' perspectives on how a volunteer-based adult literacy class supports the learning of adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Interviews were conducted with four tutors, three adult learners, and two coordinators and observations of the class occurred over a 6-month period during which the author was a tutor. The focus during this time period was on health and mathematics. Three major categories were identified: class organization (goals and structure), teaching strategies and behaviours, and class activities. Based on these findings, several recommendations are presented including the need for further integration of adult learners' out-of-school literacy activities into the class and for increased tutor knowledge of the adult learners' disability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A