A description of teachers' awareness and translation of adult education/learning and whole language theory to teaching practice

Ralph, Patricia F. (1994) A description of teachers' awareness and translation of adult education/learning and whole language theory to teaching practice. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study was concerned with teachers' awareness of theory and the translation of theory into teaching practice. Specifically, it described ten Adult Basic Education (ABE) Level I teachers' awareness of adult education/learning and whole language philosophy; the teachers' expression of this awareness in their teaching practice; the degree of consistency between and among teachers in their awareness and expression in their practice of adult education/learning and whole language philosophy; and the degree of consistency of their views as expressed in their practice with those views expressed in the related literature. -- A literature review of adult education/learning and whole language philosophy was undertaken within the framework of the Handbook for Teachers (1990). This handbook was designed to provide guidance to teachers in the ABE Level I program. -- The data for the study was collected through a teacher selected class observation period and teacher interviews. The findings indicated that although commonalities existed, there was much variability between and among both, teachers' reported awareness of adult education/learning and whole language philosophy, and their reported teaching behaviours/activities. It was also found that teachers' practice is guided, at least in part, by factors other than their knowledge of adult education/learning and whole language philosophy.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/4461
Item ID: 4461
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 131-133.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1994
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Language experience approach in education; Adult education teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes; Literacy programs--Philosophy; Adult learning--Philosophy

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