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ERIC Number: ED173775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 206
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Adult Illiteracy in the United States: A Report to the Ford Foundation.
Hunter, Carman St. John; Harman, David
The result of a study on adult literacy undertaken by World Education, this book places the educational problem of adult literacy into the larger context of a changing society and offers a fresh perspective and a new way of thinking about the phenomenon. After defining functional literacy as the possession of skills perceived by particular persons as necessary to fulfill their own objectives, the book presents data on which and how many adults need help and characterizes these adults in ways designed to foster a deeper understanding of them. It next explores a wide range of efforts, both formal and informal, that have been undertaken to advance literacy and briefly discusses their effectiveness. Concentrating on the educational needs of the most disadvantaged poor, it recommends a national educational policy that would seek out and give support to community-based initiatives. The book concludes with a call for a long-range strategy that would not only involve programs for victims of social ills but that would enable national leaders and citizens at every level to address questions of social direction. Appendixes contain a summary of the recommendations and an extensive annotated bibliography. (FL)
McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020 ($10.95 cloth)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
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Language: English
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