ERIC Number: ED335184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Rural Literacy Issues in Alberta.
Bell, James H.
This paper reviews results of a questionnaire distributed to literacy workers in rural Alberta (Canada) to ascertain their views on rural literacy. The questionnaire was designed to identify: (1) distinctive features of the issue of adult illiteracy in rural areas; (2) the strengths of literacy efforts in rural Alberta; (3) the weaknesses of literacy efforts in rural Alberta; (4) additional help needed; and (5) the most needed research efforts. The results are based on the responses of 24 people (38% response rate), and were analyzed by grouping points made in the responses. Respondents saw rural literacy as distinct from urban literacy in that the former had greater difficulties in keeping the illiterate confidential and in overcoming geographic distance. Respondents identified such a diversity of strengths that no single point is echoed by more than two other respondents. Points mentioned were good volunteers, individualized instruction, good support and networking, and a cooperative media. Common weaknesses included lack of confidentiality, geographic distance, lack of resources, and lack of mass media to promote programs. Concerning additional help, respondents mentioned an honoraria for tutors and other funding concerns. The most frequently identified research need was for statistics to document the needs for literacy programs. Similar responses were given to rural distinction questions and to rural weakness questions and collaboration between researchers and rural literacy workers was proposed. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Literacy Issues in Rural Canada Conference (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 10-13, 1991).