ERIC Number: ED333107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy for Participation in the Economy.
Fagan, William T.
Literacy for participation in the economy has been promoted through legislation providing for adult education upgrading programs in the United States and Canada. More recently, publications and organizations have expressed concern for lack of participation in the economy by many adults who lack the necessary literacy skills. Although few doubt the relationship between literacy levels and ability to function in work-related literacy tasks, the level or degree of such literacy requirements is not known. Research has shown that the level of literacy in the workplace is not determined by a grade equivalent but by the literacy needs of the workplace. Furthermore, the nature of literacy in the workplace is different from school-based literacy. Researchers see little relationship between the manner in which literacy is presently developed and power or mobility. Admission to the workplace through testing may be in conflict with approaches to literacy development and with a person's legal rights. Successful literacy programs have tended to be those that have been developed in a particular domain or situation. Literacy programs integrated with job development have resulted in significant gains in job-related reading. Literacy for participation in the economy must also be seen in terms of producers (workers) and consumers. (19 references)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Career Development, Economics, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Illiteracy, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Student Evaluation, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (23rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 8-12, 1990).