ERIC Number: ED237779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Adult Illiteracy in Canada--A Challenge. Occasional Paper No. 42.
Thomas, Audrey M.
This description and discussion of literacy activities and issues in Canada begins with an attempt to draw together various aspects of the historical developments on literacy and current definitions and attempts at measurement. Literacy's link with adult basic education is also studied. Elements of the global situation are highlighted, and some developments in the industrialized world are examined more closely, using Great Britain, Australia, and the United States especially as case study examples. The balance of the paper is devoted to the Canadian situation. It begins by giving the census data on educational attainment, proceeds with a description of various responses to the adult literacy issue by the federal and provincial governments as well as by a variety of other organizations, and finally raises some questions on the issues at stake. These include jurisdictional questions, policies and funding, special populations, motivation and access, methods and materials, training and professional activities, research, and supportive services. A fairly comprehensive bibliography with emphasis on Canadian sources and a directory of Canadian organizations and contact persons are provided. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Developed Nations, Federal Government, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Illiteracy, Program Descriptions, State Action
Canadian Commission for Unesco, 255 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5V8.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Ottawa, (Ontario).
Note: Also available in French under the title "L'alphabetisation chez les adultes au Canada--Reflexion pour une action."