This course will cover various theories and approaches to adult education. Identify and assess the literacy skills needed in the workplace community and family. We will review the evolution of adult literacy in the US, and in Minnesota in particular, and will look at state and Federal programs associated with literacy and adult education. The course will also address the need for writing in plain language for low-literacy employees. Finally, the course will also analyze and assess community literacy programs and the role literacy plays in social and economic empowerment. We will also cover ways of reaching underrepresented groups. We will critically examine new social action approaches to literacy education; and related issues such as poverty and welfare, ethnicity, cultural barriers to literacy and achievement related to social class.Prerequisite: Admission to the Adult Basic Education Certificate program.
4 Graduate credits
Effective May 4, 2021 to present
- Demonstrate knowledge of various foundational theories and approaches in adult education.
- Critically examine the social, economic, and cultural barriers to literacy proficiency in the US
- Identify and assess the foundational literacy skills needed in the workplace, community, and family
- Critically assess the role literacy plays in social and economic empowerment, and as a foundation for lifelong learning
- Analyze and assess literacy programs and new social action approaches to literacy
- Demonstrate understanding of various state and federal programs associated with literacy and adult education