Development and evaluation of an adult literacy program in Turkey
Writer Aydın Yücesan Durgunoğlu, Hilal Özuygun Kuşcul
Abstract In this paper, we discuss the Functional Adult Literacy Program (FALP) that we have developed in Turkey. FALP, which is taught by volunteer instructors, focuses on individuals who have had no or very little schooling. The two evaluation studies of the first three cohorts of the program indicated that FALP was significantly more effective than the existing programs in developing word recognition and reading comprehension. However the longevity of the gains depended on the initial levels of the participants and the extent of literacy use after the course was over. Based on the evaluation data and our observations, we discuss the implications for adult literacy programs in general.