ERIC Number: ED350420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Learning--That's Life! Conference Report and Recommendations. A National Conference on Literacy and Older Canadians (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 1990).
One Voice, the Canadian Seniors Network, Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
As a result of a 1989 survey finding that 64 percent of Canadians aged 55-69 experience some degree of trouble with everyday reading material, One Voice, the Canadian Seniors Network, conducted a conference that brought together seniors, researchers, literacy project leaders, education professionals, community agencies and policy makers to examine the senior literacy problem and its solutions. The conference participants shared research, experiences, and information and studied the problem of low literacy in older adults in three ways. First, they examined the sources of the problem--historical, political, and cultural--finding the literacy problems of older Canadians to be highly diverse and pervasive. Service providers were judged to be insufficiently supportive of older adults with low literacy skills. Second, conference participants shared their knowledge of some solutions for low literacy. Projects and programs included: well-established community adult literacy classes; personal visits to care centers to share stories and discuss current events; and stressing the important role of community libraries. The common ingredients for success were a friendly, informal, accessible location; peer tutors; and input from seniors. Third, conference participants recommended that seniors should take the lead in developing literacy education for older Canadians. (Recommendations, conference participants, and their credentials are listed in appendixes to the report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Developed Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults, Policy Formation, Program Design, Public Policy
One Voice, the Canadian Seniors Network, 901-350 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7S8, Canada ($10; $8 members).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).; National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).; Ontario Office for Senior Citizens' Affairs, Toronto.; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: One Voice, the Canadian Seniors Network, Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; One Voice The Canadian Seniors Network
Note: For a related document, see CE 062 099.