Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


This exploratory research project compared the goals and components of Participatory Community Literacy (PCL) and Peace Corps Training to determine whether it would be appropriate to integrate a PCL project into Peace Corps training. Literature on both PCL and Peace Corps Training was reviewed, and then comparisons were drawn between the two subjects to find commonalities. Because the competencies for Peace Corps training had commonalities with elements of Participatory Community Literacy, a model of integration of a PCL project into Peace Corps training was designed. This model consisted of an integrated thematic curriculum, based on PCL objectives integrated with Peace Corps competencies. It was recommended that a PCL project be implemented for intermediate and advanced language learner trainees. It was further recommended that a Participatory Community Literacy project be studied in two training centers to determine whether the implementation of a PCL project would improve the relevance of learning and a feeling of empowerment in trainees through the process of doing PCL designed interviews.


Thesis (M.A.) Institute for Advanced Studies in Education