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ERIC Number: ED178903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Job-Related Literacy: A Look at Current and Needed Research.
Jacob, Evelyn; Crandall, Jo Ann
In a response to the Mikulecky and Diehl examination of work-related literacy, this paper points out the need for data based on ethnographic approaches to research and more realistic assessments of text difficulty. Also suggested are questions to which future research might respond: How much of functional literacy is really functional competency? Do we overestimate literacy demands? Does literacy play a symbolic role in distinguishing high-status, high-income occupations from lower-status, lower-income occupations? How do adults develop job reading ability while on the job? What techniques could those teaching reading employ to more closely simulate that learning? Problems with using readability formulas are pointed out, and the use of cloze tests is recommended as a better approach to measuring literacy levels. Also noted are the parallels between adult reading programs and adult English as a second language programs. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Reading
Note: Paper presented at the Functional Literacy Conference (Bloomington, IN June 1979); For related document, see CS 005 139