updated 4-20-18


Here is a sampling of writings by Paul Jurmo on a number of topics.   A more complete bibliography is available on request.

“Re-Thinking English Literacy Development in Tonga: A Case Study, 2012-2017”. This 14-page article describes the objectives and results of a five-year collaboration of the U.S. Peace Corps and partners from Tonga and other nations to reform literacy education in Tongan primary and middle schools. It recommends actions that policy makers, funders, and other stakeholders can take to support, use, and sustain the kinds of innovations generated in the project. Published in 5 March 2018 edition of UNESCO’s PROSPECTS Journal. Click here: UNESCO Tonga Case Study by Jurmo, March 2018.pdf or here: http://rdcu.be/IoX6 .


“Basic Skills, A Key to Advancing the Workforce”:  This article is one in a series of “Making the Case” advocacy papers (available at http://www.opendoorcollective.org/basic-skills-a-key-to-advancing-the-workforce.html ) published by the Open Door Collective in 2017-2018.  It argues for integration of basic skills education into workforce development systems for employed and unemployed workers in the U.S.  Paul Jurmo co-wrote and edited this paper. ODC Basic Skills, Key to Advancement 2-1-18.pdf

“Peace Corps/Tonga Reader”:  This 75-page compilation of background readings was prepared in August 2017 for Peace Corps Volunteers in Tonga’s English Literacy Project.  Each reading succinctly presents basic information on a topic that a Volunteer might encounter when trying to achieve the project’s goals and objectives. Volunteers could review a particular reading prior to a related training session or when the topic comes up during the Volunteer’s work in the field. PC Tonga  Reader 8-30-17.pdf

“Tech Tools for Literacy in Tonga”: This Technical Note describes how Peace Corps Volunteers in Tonga have used various kinds of electronic technologies for instruction, assessment, professional development, and other purposes in a five-year English Literacy Project.  Also recommends actions that Volunteers, Peace Corps staff, and others can take to further develop such tools. Tonga Tech Tools 7-14-17.pdf

“What to Teach and How to Teach It (in the Tonga English Literacy Project)”:  A Technical Note prepared for Peace Corps/Tonga, July 2017. Describes how Peace Corps and various partners have (1) defined the range of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be taught in English literacy education in Tongan primary and middle schools and (2) developed a variety of student-centered instructional practices to actively engage students in the learning process. Tonga What & How Teach 7-8-17.pdf

“‘Atakai ‘o e Ako” (“The Environment of Learning”):  A Technical Note prepared for Peace Corps/Tonga, June 2017. Presents why and how Tongan schools might work with families and other community stakeholders to create “community learning systems”: Atakai 'o e Ako 6-12-17.pdf

“Idea Book for English Literacy Facilitators”:  Prepared for Peace Corps/Tonga, July 2015: PCTonga_Idea Book 2015_1st Edition.pdf

“Career Pathways for a Productive and Self-Reliant Workforce: A To-Do List for Adult Educators” in Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, November 2011:  ABEL Journal Nov 11 Career Pathways .pdf

Review of evaluation report of the New Zealand’s national “Upskilling Partnership Programme” in Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, November 2011: ABEL Journal Nov 2011 New Zealand Review.pdf

“Productive and Participatory:  Basic Education for High Performing and Actively Engaged Workers” in New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Jossey-Bass, Winter 2010: Productive & Participatory 2010.pdf

“The Workforce Educator Academy at Union County College:  Encore Careers Final Report Prepared for Civic Ventures”, August 13, 2010: WEA Report UCC 8-13-10.pdf

“Career Pathways: How We Can Help Adult Learners Transition to New Careers and Education”: This July 2010 PowerPoint summarizes (a) arguments for a more systematic way of integrating adult basic education and workforce development services and (b) examples of career pathway efforts at a community college.   Career Pathways 7-10.pdf 

“How to Help Adult Learners Develop Basic Skills and Other Career Tools”:  PowerPoint presentation at Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey annual conference, April 2010.  Summarizes basic skills and other “career tools” (e.g., occupational knowledge, career plan, etc.) that adults need, along with examples of contextualized basic skills activities that can be integrated into basic skills and work-readiness programs.  LV-NJ conf 4-24-10 PPT.pdf

“Appropriate Technologies for Workforce Learning: A New Approach to Using Educational Technologies for Adult Learning and Workforce Development" (with Sandra Panesso): Presented at “Future of Adult Education in the Digital World” Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University, November 2009: Approp Techs Oct 2009.pdf

“Eldercare Careers Project at Union County College”: Final report about year-long project which piloted a curriculum to help advanced-level English language learners prepare for eldercare training and careers.  (Curriculum integrated EFF skills, occupational knowledge and computer skills.) December 2009. Eldercare Final Report UCC 12-6-09.pdf

Career Pathway Curricula for the Transportation/Logistics/Distribution Industry:  With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s North Jersey WIRED’s economic development initiative, Union County College’s Industry-Business Institute developed a career pathway model to help job seekers learn about and move into careers in the transportation/logistics/distribution industry.  The following sample curricula (written with Farrukh Syed) integrate TLD occupational knowledge with Equipped for the Future Skills and basic computer skills.  (See “Appropriate Technology” article above for more about this model.)

  1.    “Introduction to TLD Careers” PowerPoint: Intro to TLD Careers 10-2-09.ppt.pdf

  2.    “TLD Career Planning”:  TLD Career Planning Instructor Hbk 10-4-09.pdf

  3.    “TLD Ready” (work-readiness):  TLD Ready 10-4-09.pdf

“RISE: Union County’s Re-Entry Initiative”:  This August 2009 PowerPoint (prepared by Paul Jurmo with Cathy Waters and Gisela Cruz) summarizes the goals, activities, and results of a county-level prisoner re-entry initiative:  RISE PPT 8-25-09.pdf  (See related video presentation on the “Videos and Web Sites” page on this web site.)

Book review of Building Better ABE, a 2007 collection of research papers (edited by Alisa Belzer) from a national conference at Rutgers University.  Review published in the Summer 2008 edition of the Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal: ABEL Journal Summer 2008.pdf

“Building a Workforce Learning System for Union County”:  A White Paper for the Union County Workforce Investment Board: 2008. WIB White Paper 3-08.pdf

“Building a Professional Development System for Adult Educators in New Jersey”: Prepared for the NJ State Employment and Training Commission’s adult education committee, February 2007.  PD system for NJ 2-07.pdf

“Leadership Handbook for Adult Learners”:  Prepared for Grassroots Literacy Coalition Leadership Institute, New York City, April 9, 2005.  Learner Leader H'bk 4-05.pdf

“Workplace Literacy Education: Definitions, Purposes, and Approaches” in Focus on Basics, November 2004:  NCSALL_ Workplace Literacy Education.html

Helping Job Seekers Who Have Limited Basic Skills:  A Guide for Workforce Development Professionals (with Jennifer Cleary): John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University, September 2004:  Job Seekers.pdf

“Don’t Forget the Ones Left Behind: How Career Centers Can Better Serve Job-Seekers Lacking in Basic Skills and High School Credentials”: Prepared for the U.S. Department of Education for Presentation at the Workplace Learning Conference, Chicago, December 2003:  Left Behind 2003.pdf

“Out of the Ivory Tower: College Students Get Involved in Adult Literacy” in Literacy Update, New York City Literacy Assistance Center, September 2003: Ivory Tower Sept 2003.pdf

“Work-Related Basic Education in the United States:  A Mixed Bag”: An article in the Ontario Literacy Coalition Bulletin on Workplace Literacy: National and International Perspectives on Research and Practice, September 2003, pages 22-26:  Ontario 9-03.pdf

English at Work: Basic Work-Related Communications Skills for English Language Learners (with Marsha Love): A 37-page ESOL-for-basic-workplace-communications curriculum for NY City Consortium for Worker Education instructors to use with English language learners who lost their jobs after the 9/11 attacks, March 2003:  English at Work March 2003.pdf

Job Seeker’s Handbook:  Prepared for English language learners at the NY City Consortium for Worker Education who lost jobs after 9/11 attacks, December 2002:  Job Seeker Hbk CWE 12-02.pdf 

Learn & Work: Basic Skills for Job Seekers: A 92-page curriculum for NY City Consortium for Worker Education instructors to use with English language learners who lost their jobs after the 9/11 attacks, November 2002.:  Learn & Work 11-02.pdf

“The New (and Ongoing) Job Crisis for Adult Learners:  How Adult Educators Can Respond” in Literacy Harvest, New York City Literacy Assistance Center, Fall 2002: Job Crisis Fall02.pdf

“Wanted: Leadership for Adult Literacy”: Article in Making the Case: Adult Education and Literacy: Key to America’s Future: Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy, April 2002: Leadership Wanted April 2002.pdf

“A Balancing Act: Learner and Program Needs Versus Policy Requirements”: Report from the Pre-Conference Leadership Institute of the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning, April 13, 2000: NJALL Institute 2000.pdf

“Adult Education’s Role in New Jersey’s Workforce Development System”:  Report of the April 22, 1999 Pre-Conference Symposium Hosted by the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning: NJALL Symposium 1999.pdf

“Integrating Adult Basic Education with Workforce Development and Workplace Change: How National-Level Policy Makers Can Help”: A monograph for the U.S. Department of Education, October 1998:  Integ'ing ABE Oct 1998.pdf

Collaborative Learning for Continuous Improvement: Team Learning and Problem Solving in a Workplace Education Program: A Guidebook from a Project of the National Workplace Literacy Program, August 1998:  Collab Learning 1998.pdf

State Level Policy for Workplace Basic Education:  What Advocates Are Saying:  Literacy Leader Fellowship Report, National Institute for Literacy, 1997: State Policy for Workplace Ed 1997.pdf

Evaluation of Western Suffolk BOCES Workplace Education Program: Final Report, 1997: WSB Eval 1997.pdf

“Contextualized ABE/Literacy,” an article (with Johan Uvin) on the new concept of work-related basic skills education, in the May/June 1996 issue of Adult Learning, the journal of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education: Uvin-Jurmo AAACE 1996.pdf

“Organizational and Individual Assessment: Decision-Making Tools for Workplace Educators,” an article in the Journal on Workplace Education, a publication of the Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, January 1996: Illinois 1-96.pdf

The Semi-Alloys/Mercy College Workplace Education Program: Final Evaluation Report, 1995: Semi-Alloys Eval 1995.pdf

“The Cutting Edge”:  Final Evaluation Report for a National Workplace Education Program at El Paso Community College, August 1995:

  1.   Executive Summary: EPCC Exec Summary 8-95.pdf

  2.   Full Report: EPCC Report 8-95.pdf

Collaborative Workplace Development, Collaborative Needs Assessment, and Collaborative Evaluation (with Sue Folinsbee): Series of resource materials for workplace education specialists, ABC CANADA, 1994: ABC publications.pdf  Collab Workplace Dev 1994.pdf   Collab Needs Assessment 1994.pdf  Collab Eval 1994.pdf

  1. Reinventing the NWLP: Recommendations for the National Workplace Literacy Program.  Submitted November 1994 to the U.S. Department of Education in conjunction with the reauthorization of the Adult Education Act: Reinventing the NWLP Nov 1994.pdf

  2. Workplace Education: Stakeholders’ Expectations, Practitioners’ Responses, and the Role Evaluation Might Play: An 88-page report prepared for the National Institute for Literacy, June 1994: NIFL Workplace Ed Eval Report 6-94.pdf

Team Evaluation:  Case Studies from Seven Workplace Education Programs Prepared with Laura Sperazi in June 1994 for the National Institute for Literacy: NIFL Workplace Case Studies 6-94.pdf . These case studies were the basis for Team Evaluation: A Guide for Workplace Education ProgramsNIFL Team Eval Guide 1994.pdf

“Participatory Literacy Education:  An Update”:  Presentation at Adult Education Colloquium, Ohio State University, 1992:  Part Litcy Ed Update, Jurmo 1993.pdf

Workplace Education: Voices from the Field (with Laura Sperazi): Proceedings of the National Workplace Literacy Project Directors Conference, U.S. Department of Education, September 1991: Voices from Field 1991.pdf

Participatory Approaches to Evaluating Outcomes and Designing Curriculum in Workplace Education Programs:  The Report of the 1991 Evaluation of the Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative (with Laura Sperazi and David Rosen):  MWEI Eval 1991.pdf

Participatory Literacy Education (with Hanna Arlene Fingeret): Jossey-Bass, 1989.  This volume includes the following four chapters which draw directly on Paul Jurmo’s doctoral research on how participatory practices were being used in adult literacy efforts in the U.S.:

  1.   “The Case for Participatory Literacy Education” (pp. 17-28):      PLE pp 17-28.pdf

  2.   “Instruction and Management:  Where Participatory Theory Is Put into Practice” (pp. 29-34): PLE pp 29-34.pdf 

  3.   “History in the Making: Key Players in the Creation of Participatory Alternatives” (pp. 73-80):  PLE pp 73-80.pdf

  4.   “What Needs to Be Done to Build Participatory Alternatives” (pp. 81-91):  PLE pp 81-91.pdf

“The Freirian Model” in Development Communications Report, August 1990. Discusses principles, examples, and challenges of Freirian approach to literacy education. The Freirian Model, Jurmo, Aug 1990.pdf

Learner Participation Practices in Adult Literacy Efforts in the United States. This is Paul Jurmo’s 1987 doctoral dissertation for the University of Massachusetts’ Center for International Education, containing arguments for, examples of, and analysis of participatory instructional and other practices used by U.S. adult literacy programs.  Paul Jurmo doctoral dissertation 1987.pdf

“Dialogue Is Not a Chaste Event: Comments by Paulo Freire on Issues in Participatory Research”: Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts, 1985. Dialogue Is Not a Chaste Event.pdf

“Participation: Do Villagers Really Want It?”:  An article about the challenges of introducing participatory practices in an African village literacy program (in World Education Reports,  March 1980):  World Ed Reports 3-80.pdf

    by Paul Jurmo