Developing Adult Literacy
There are many different ways to manage adult literacy programmes. This book will help those who plan and develop literacy initiatives make their decisions based on an understanding of ideas, values and principles. It explains how to take into account the local context and the purposes of learners, the local community and other key stakeholders. The book addresses both theory and practice, explaining the concepts and demonstrating these using real-life examples. The first part sets out the four key concepts of literacy (as skills, tasks, social practices and critical reflection) and describes associated approaches used throughout the world. The second half covers preparation and planning, offering practical guides for each key element of literacy-programme development. Using case studies from literacy programmes in many countries including Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mali, Nigeria, the Philippines and Uganda, the authors demonstrate the importance of literacy and its power to improve lives. They also show that the role literacy plays in social and economic development is not a simple one and literacy is never a quick-fix solution.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Brian Street
PART 1 - Understanding the context:
The international context
PART 2 - Understanding Literacy:
What do we mean by literacy?
Literacy as skills
Literacy as tasks
Literacy as social practice
Literacy as critical reflection
PART 3 - Understanding the Preparation Process:
Planning for literacy
The language of literacy
Monitoring and evaluating literacy programmes
PART 4 - Understanding the Learning Process:
How people learn to read and write
Approaches to curriculum
Resources for literacy
Training and supporting literacy educators
Assessing literacy learning
PART 5 - Making Sense of Adult Literacy
Clearly written, well structured and extremely reader-friendly, this book is anchored in practical experience and draws on state-of-the-art research. Everyone involved in any way with adult literacy promotion, from governments and international organizations to NGOs and community groups, will welcome this book as one whose time has come. Adama Ouane, Director, UNESCO International Institute for Lifelong Learning.
The book offers a variety of experiences from different countries, combining theories and case studies. It is an interesting read and would be very useful for decision makers as well as practitioners in the field of literacy and adult education. A tremendous much needed effort! Mokhtar El Gindy, Management and Coordination Team for CELL and Director of The Egyptian Integrated Project For Adult Education.
Congratulations on producing such an outstanding volume that is eminently readable. Anthony Tassi, Executive Director, Mayor's Office of Adult Education, New York.
An invaluable source of reference and practical guidance...for anyone working in the fields of international development and development education. Jane Mace for Reflect Magazine (NRDC), Issue 10, March 2008.
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