ERIC Number: ED339254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Native Literacy Research Report.
Rodriguez, Carmen; Sawyer, Don
Concern that Canadian Native illiteracy was being ignored or addressed ineffectively prompted this report, which includes a literature review, findings from a survey in several Native communities, and an overview of innovative practices and illustrative programs. The survey, conducted with 56 potential literacy learners from 8 geographically and culturally representative communities, focused on the perceived purposes and values of literacy, barriers to learning to read and write, and positive learning environments. The results indicated that the adult learners were motivated by a complex set of factors and past barriers, including personal, socioeconomic, and institutional factors. There was a strong preference for on-reserve, all-Native situations with a "watch then do" approach to learning. Analysis of the survey of successful programs suggested principles of effective Native literacy programs that can be organized into four categories: community-based, student-centered, experiential, and personal support. These principles are illustrated in a chart. Appended are a flow chart showing steps for conducting a survey, the survey form used, a list of the Native literacy programs surveyed, and a report on aboriginal literacy (the Snowdrift case study). Contains 57 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, American Indian Languages, American Indians, Community Attitudes, Community Involvement, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Oral Language, Program Design, Regional Characteristics, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Motivation, Surveys
Provincial Curriculum Publications, Marketing Dept., Open Learning Agency, P.O. Box 94000, Richmond, British Columbia V6Y 2A2, Canada (Order No. VA0106).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario). Multiculturalism Directorate.; British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology, Victoria.
Authoring Institution: Okanagan Coll., Salmon Arm (British Columbia). Native Adult Education Resource Centre.
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Canada