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Focus On Basics

Volume 6, Issue B ::: February 2003


Web-Based Resources

This site has more than 2,000 prejudice-related links, searchable databases of social justice organizations, teaching resources, and interactive exercises. Although this web site is intended to supplement a McGraw-Hill anthology entitled Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination, all pages and activities are freely available and can be used with other texts or on their own.


(PDF, 28 p.) 
Volume 9, Number 3, of  Bright Ideas, the journal of the Massachusetts Adult Education Community, (now Field Notes), is on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in adult basic education. It provides a variety of resources for adult basic education educators and students. Included are articles on how to address bias in class, what it is like to be gay in an adult education class, and how to infuse a curriculum with diversity. 

The mission of the Change Agent, the journal of the New England Literacy Resource Center, is to provide news, issues, ideas, and other teaching resources that inspire and enable adult educators to make civic participation and social justice part of their teaching and learning. Issue 8 is on working together across differences. It includes "articles and activities that present ways of exploring our many differences along with a few that give examples of approaches to particular issues such as race, class, disabilities, and sexual orientation."

This ERIC digest, "Considering Culture in the Selection of Teaching Approaches for Adults," by Linda Ziegahn, 2001, examines the different dimensions of culture that are relevant to the adult learning context. It explores how cultural values permeate instruction and looks at several approaches that take culture into account.

Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Foundation. It provides resources and materials for K-12 teachers interested in promoting diversity and equity. While not geared for adult basic education, its resources are well done.

This issues of Educational Leadership, Volume 60 Number 4, features an article by Sonia M. Nieto entitled "Profoundly Multicultural Questions." Nieto acknowledges that the "multicultural" aspects of multicultural education tend to overshadow the equity implied in multicultural education, as in "are they learning?" While this article focuses on k-12, the same can be said for adult basic education: How much are the learners worth? Who is teaching the learners? Which classes meet in the basement?

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educational Network is a national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in k-12 schools. Many of their resources materials can be adapted to fit adult basic education.


The next volume of NCSALL's Annual Review of Adult Learning and Literacy, due out in the fall, 2003, features an article entitled "Race, Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in ABE: Power, Pedagogy, and Programs" by Deborah D'Amico. D'Amico presents and supports the argument that adult basic education primarily serves people with limited access to opportunities and power because of socioeconomic class and societal dynamics. She discusses how this raises concerns about pedagogy, curriculum, and policy, and offers adult educators recommendations about addressing these concerns. Look for notices in upcoming issues of Focus on Basics and on NCSALL's web site regarding its availability.

Take on the Challenge, by Elizabeth Morrish, Jenny Horsman, and Judy Hofer, is a source book from the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project described in Focus on Basics, Volume 5C. Geared for teachers, it is a practical collection of ideas and activities on how to address the impact of violence on learning. It includes examples from teachers working in GED, native language literacy, ABE, ESOL, welfare-to-work, corrections, and shelter settings. To order it, contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi at World Education, 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210; telephone (617) 482-9485, e-mail skurtz@worlded.org. Each book is $15.00, shipping is an additional $2.00. 


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