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Literacy zone presentation april 13

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SUNY IT professors Ronni Tichenor and Kris Paap presented their qualitative research on the Literacy Zones in Utica and Herkimer. The Zones work because of the intimate class structure, case management, and staff. Please see the attached presentations for more details. If your organization would like to speak with Ronni or Kris about evaluation, their contact information is: Veronica Tichenor (tichenv@sunyit.edu) and Kris Paap kepaap@gmail.com.

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Literacy zone presentation april 13

  1. 1. April 19, 2013
  2. 2. Literacy Zone Project University-Community Organizationpartnership Provide valuable experience for students Generate useful data for localorganization/agency “Service-based learning”
  3. 3. Literacy Zone Research Questions What barriers did participants face alongthe way in their education? How did low literacy impact their livesprior to entering the program? How were participants able to persevereand succeed in the literacy program? What lasting impact did the programhave on participants?
  4. 4. Methodological Challenges Recruitment plan Recruitment of respondents via LiteracyZone staff Students interview respondents Recruitment even more difficult thananticipated Resulted in lower sample size thancalled for in original plan
  5. 5. Barriers to Education Respondents faced fewer barriers thananticipated, based on the literature Some negative school experiences Family concerns (providing childcare) ordisruptions served as barriers to schoolsuccess Little evidence of learning disabilities assubstantial barrier
  6. 6. Coping with Low Literacy Again, respondents reported fewerdifficulties in coping with tasks of dailyliving than the literature would predict Individuals faced difficulties in reading on thejob, in voting, and in banking… And coped largely by “faking it” or askingothers for help
  7. 7. Keys to Success Persistence: many had left the programand returned several times A teacher who spent time with them, andmade respondents feel like s/he reallycared about the success of his/herstudents
  8. 8. Impact of the program Upward occupational mobility Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  9. 9. What Else Do We Want toKnow? Try to talk to individuals who do notpersist Get more complete picture of supportservices needed to persist and besuccessful in the program
  10. 10. Contact information Ronni Tichenor tichenv@sunyit.edu