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dc.contributor.authorMullins, Maxine Jeanetteen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:07:50Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:07:50Z
dc.date.issued2006-02-13en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-02272006-174418en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/26320
dc.description.abstractIn the late 1980s regional instructional specialists were hired by the Virginia Department of Education in 18 planning districts. The purpose of this study was to describe the role of one specialist in a rural setting. The description may be beneficial to adult education planners and policy makers as they look for innovative ways of delivering rural adult education programs. Three research questions guided the study: 1. What are the contexts (historical, legal, geographical, and program) in which the rural regional instructional specialist works? 2. What tasks (administrative and program) are performed by the rural regional instructional specialist? 3. What are the outcomes of the work of the rural regional instructional specialist? Through interviews, review of documents, and observations, the researcher found that the historical, legal, geographical, and program contexts of the rural regional instructional specialist were interrelated, and that they guided and constrained the work of the specialist. Governmental mandates and budgets prescribed the development of programs. Geographical features,employment opportunities, educational needs, and social conditions influenced what was offered and when it was offered in adult education programs in the Mount Rogers Region. Planning and conducting professional development activities, maintaining links with teachers in the regional program and with personnel at the state office in Richmond, visiting classes in each locality, maintaining referral links with other agencies, and recruitment of students were tasks performed by the regional instructional specialist. Priorities were family literacy, workplace programs, infusion of technology, and health literacy. By increasing classes for One-Stop centers and immigrants, offering in-service programs for teachers, visiting program sites, and collaborating with other agencies, the specialist contributed to higher enrollment in classes and increased educational gains for students. The role of the rural regional instructional specialist in Virginia is changing, and the future of the position is uncertain.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartTheRegionalInstructionalSpecialistforAdultEducationinVirginiaACaseStudy.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectfamily literacyen_US
dc.subjectliteracy educationen_US
dc.subjectliteracyen_US
dc.subjectworkplace literacyen_US
dc.subjectAdult educationen_US
dc.titleThe Regional Instructional Specialist for Adult Education in Virginia: A Case Studyen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeEd. D.en_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Educationen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairParks, David J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKolenbrander, Ronalden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDawson, Christina M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAsselin, Susan B.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-02272006-174418/en_US
dc.date.sdate2006-02-27en_US
dc.date.rdate2006-05-04
dc.date.adate2006-05-04en_US


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