Other groups, the Kentucky Women Writers’ Conference, the Carnegie Literacy Center, and the local public library have other offerings and other interests that do not support a group structure like the one that is under proposal in this slide presentation.
Using experience as a learning tool empowers members toward better understanding and acts as a motivator to helping others understand the value of experience in understanding their world.
Assessment/evaluation is a means to assure that BookWorms is doing what it says it does-aligning “espoused theory” with “theory in use.” (Argyris & Schon, 1996). It also provides a means to measure the group’s performance against its stated mission and purpose. Additionally, it is a measure of its viability and sustainability.
Adult development program
Adult Development Program:BookWorms Literary GroupProposed byTiffany Simmons
Overview of the Program• Currently, no literary group exists in the Lexington, KY area-not one that meets on a regular basis.• Most literacy groups operate around a specific theme or conference and are not regular groups.• Objective is to attract avid readers who are seeking a regular outlet for their interest.
Historical Context• As early as 1926, Book of the Month Clubs and literary guilds formed to provide exposure by educated adults to the professional world (Stubblefield & Keane, 1994).• People wanted to know about the world around them, and radio, television, and books filled that need. Even today, these media types are still popular for disseminating information.• The literary group will meet the need to keep people informed in ways that matter to them.
Theories that Support the Program• Critical theory: the purpose of education is to “effect radical social change and liberate” (Merriam & Brockett, 2007). Literature is meant to transform, to help readers discover ways that the status quo has affected them, and suggest ways to change it. The aim is to include others who have been marginalized or ignored in the literary world.• Constructivism: enables members to construct meaning and “to make sense of their experience” (Merriam, Caffarella, & Baumgartner, 2007). Reading and discussing various literary works enables one the opportunity to align their knowledge and understandings with the text and create new knowledge.
Components of the Program• Mission and purpose statements are already in place. This is important because potential members want to feel as if they are part of an organized entity rather than a random “group.”• The main components of the program are cultural and social interaction and community literacy awareness. All activities are geared toward those thematic thrusts.
Implementation• The timeline to recruit members for the group is 1-3 months from now. Potential new members will be given a questionnaire to determine interest and preferences prior to meeting as a group.• Approximately one month after all questionnaires are collected, the first meeting will be held.• At the initial meeting, mission and purpose of the group will be communicated, and officers and committees decided.• Initial reading selection will be confirmed at initial meeting, and those who want to participate will be asked to have the selection read and prepare for discussion within 60 days (exact date to be agreed upon by all participants).• Programmatic initiatives will also be decided upon.
Goals and Outcomes• Enhanced interest in literature and reading for pleasure.• Literacy awareness.• Evolve into a non-profit organization promoting literacy.
Assessment/Evaluation• Yearly, the group will be audited to assure compliance with proper accounting procedures and 501(c)3 regulations.• Programs evaluated for quality of service, attendance, and content.• Officers to be evaluated to determine if they are performing their responsibilities as stated and expected.• Program attendees will also be asked to complete evaluation forms to offer perspectives on programming.• External groups will be asked to evaluate the group to assess its reputation in the general community, the quality of programming, and accessibility of services.
Conclusion• The group has the potential to be a premier organization in the area.• Intends to offer an environment of enthusiastic readers who desire to spread their love of the written word to others.• It is hoped that the group experiences success as a result of its adherence to the mission and purpose and to its commitment to offer quality service to the community.
References• Merriam, S. B., Baumgartner, L. M., & Caffarella, R. S. (2007). Learning in adulthood: a comprehensive guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Wiley.• Merriam, S. B. & Brockett, R. G. (2007). The profession and practice of adult education: An introduction. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.• Stubblefield, H.W. & Keane, P. (1994). Adult education in the American experience: From the colonial period to the present. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.