Empowering Literacy Workers Through Learner-Centered Environments

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) P. King,
Dr Barbara Heuer
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Providing substantial faculty development is challenging when programs for at-risk-adults are undergoing restructuring. This case study presents the design, delivery and evaluation of a professional development curriculum developed in response to educators' and departmental needs in urban schools. Results include a model that addresses active learning, learner-centered learning, constructivist perspectives, and action research. Illustrating the model, educators participate in interactive environments and professional collaboration while gaining specific content knowledge, and practicing classroom strategies that engage at-risk students. A qualitative approach used multiple data gathering methods to guide and evaluate the initiative with over 100 educators.

Keywords: Adult Learning, Professional Development, Active Learning, Learner-Centered, Adults at Risk, Action Research
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Empowering Literacy Workers Through Learner-Centered Environments

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) P. King

Professor and Director, Professor, Adult Education and Human Resource Development Graduate Program and Director, Regional Educational Technology Center,, Fordham University

Kathleen P. King is director of the Regional Educational Technology Center and Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education in New York City. She has 20 years experience in adult education, teaching and research in a variety of settings and is author/co-author of three books on the professional development of educators.

Dr Barbara Heuer

Assistant Professor, Adult Education and Human Resource Development Graduate School of Education , Fordham University

Barbara P. Heuer currently teaches in and coordinates the Masters Program in Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Fordham University. With 20 years experience in adult education and information technology, her research interests are adult development and online learning.

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