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College students involved in literacy education programs should be aware of who are involved in such programs, what the attitudes and agendas of each of the parties are, the resistance that the literacy programs might encounter, the uses of collaborative partnerships, and how to build collaborative partnerships, according to a study involving college literacy program stakeholders. Information was gathered through telephone interviews with students, administrators, and community organizers representing more than 30 college literacy education programs or literacy coalitions nationwide. Analysis of data gathered through the interviews showed that students involved in literacy education programs showed that it is necessary to determine the positions and motivations of all participants in order to protect the values held by the literacy programs. The analysis also showed that all participants bring different resources, experiences, perspectives, and benefits to a literacy program, and that recognizing and valuing these different contributions is central to understanding the nature of the program's relationship with the college and the community. Resistance to the program may be surprising to college students, but it can happen, according to the interviewees. Such resistance should be identified and dealt with. A good way to overcome resistance is to establish a collaborative partnership, according to the study. A model of a collaborative is suggested, along with action steps for setting up the partnership. (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Literacy, College Programs, Cooperative Programs, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Literacy Education, Models, Problems, Program Development

Autor: Schwartz, Roger


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