Authors: George Demetrion
The educational philosopher, John Dewey defines growth as "the ability to learn from experience." This study focuses on this core Deweyan concept as a way of interpreting the learning history of three male students at an adult literacy learning center. This study focuses more on students' progress toward their goals than on their attainment of those goals.
This list of words was 'derived from a survey of 1,000 pre-primer, early, and first readers'. It consists of one and two syllable words, ranging in size from two to six letters. There is no instructor's guide.
'This resource guide has been developed to … demonstrate concretely how adult education practitioners across [New York] state are tackling the job of standards-based teaching and learning, and to offer examples of resource/research material.' (Foreword). Includes learning standards for English language arts and math, as well as supplements for ESOL and GED.
Series: The Monograph Series
More and more research demonstrates that social, demographic and economic factors and practices affect the health of a population. However, much less is known about literacy skills and practices among those with higher health risks. Understanding these relationships is important, since weak literacy skills may impede good health care practices and healthy lifestyle decisions. Literacy can therefore be considered an important policy issue for health promotion: enhancing literacy can help to achieve health promotion goals, and understanding literacy practices and patterns can assist in more effectively directing health messages to target populations.
Using Canadian data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), this research paper compares the health-related characteristics of seniors with their literacy skills and practices. The findings support the view that literacy skills and practices may serve as "barriers" in the attainment of good health.
This highlights paper is a summary from the fifth in a series of monographs using data from the IALS. For more information, contact : Nancy Darcovich, Statistics Canada, at (613) 951-4585. The document is also available on the National Literacy Secretariat Website at : http://www.nald.ca/fulltext/nls/ials/atrisk/cover.htm (98.12.29)
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
The purpose of this paper is to provide adult educators in the United States with information they can use to plan and produce perspectives for the future of adult education in the first decade beyond 2000. The paper has four parts. The first describes funding and participation trends in adult education since the mid-1960s. The second part looks at social, economic, technological, neuroscience and cognitive science trends that may influence adult education in the next century. The third part examines government and legislative trends affecting adult education. The last part discusses planning issues that may help move adult education to a mainstream position in the U.S. educational system.
Authors: Sarah Evans
This is a report on research conducted by the Carnegie Community Centre, which is a busy, active place that acts as the "Living Room" of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The author conducted a needs assessment to document some of the ways in which literacy learning is already taking place at Carnegie, as well as some of the un-met needs for literacy learning. The result of this research was to provide a snapshot look at literacy at Carnegie and some recommendations for change. The main question asked of participants in the study was: "In what ways is "literacy" part of the daily activity at Carnegie, and what could be done to support staff, patrons, and volunteers with literacy-related activities?"
The P4 Literacy Project
Authors: Ken Peters
This handbook was produced under cost-shared funding from the National Literacy Secretariat and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology. Literacy practitioners will find this a useful guide when planning a computer lab for their literacy group. Topics discussed are :
- Setting objectives
- Choosing software and hardware
- Choosing an Internet service provider
- Lab space considerations
- Using the literacy network
- A comprehensive guide to computer components
Community Literacy of Ontario has just released the findings of this project. Research was conducted through surveys and focus groups with volunteers in Anglophone community literacy agencies in Ontario.
Research highlights include:
Nearly 10,000 volunteers are involved in Anglophone community literacy agencies throughout Ontario. The Ontario training system gains nearly $9 million worth of work annually from literacy volunteers. Three quarters of literacy volunteers regularly incur out-of-pocket expenses. On average, literacy volunteers who have regular expenses spend $390.40 annually.
The annual estimated value of out-of-pocket expenditures in Anglophone community literacy agencies in Ontario is $2.2 million dollars. On average, volunteers have committed over three and a half years to literacy.
77% of literacy volunteers indicated they were acquiring skills which applied to other parts of their lives.
89% said that learning new skills was "very important" or "somewhat important". However, only 68% had acquired new skills during the course of volunteering with literacy agencies.
60% indicated that they would not give more time even if they received some compensation for their efforts.
75% noted they were "very satisfied" with their experience as volunteers.
A further 24% were somewhat satisfied.
28% of literacy volunteers felt that volunteers do not get recognition they deserve.
The single most important value of volunteering expressed was to help others help themselves. CLO wants to thank the literacy volunteers and literacy coordinators who assisted with the surveys and focus groups for this project.
Authors: Marcia Drew Hohn
Recent studies have established connections between low literacy, poor health, and early death. In today's health care system, health education and promotion are mainly carried out through print materials written at a tenth grade or higher reading level. Therefore, the group that needs health education and promotion the most is the group least likely to be able to access it.
This report explores one idea for health education and promotion with low literacy audiences -- including health education in adult literacy programs. The research team identified and investigated the problems around health education for low literacy groups, designed and took action to address these problems, and assessed what was learned and what needed to be shared with others.