ERIC Number: ED396180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Listen to Women in Literacy. The Power of Woman-Positive Literacy Work.
Atkinson, Tannis; And Others
This book, which is written and designed for intermediate adult literacy students, relates selected outcomes of 12 "woman-positive" literacy and adult basic education programs that were sponsored/studied in different parts of Canada by the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW). Part 1 discusses the mission of the CCLOW, the action-based research project during which the 12 literacy programs were conducted/studied, and the book's intended uses. Part 2 examines selected "woman-positive" actions/accomplishments of the 12 programs. Among the actions described are the following: giving women opportunities to talk to and help one another; visiting women in the community; developing a policy against sexual harassment; starting a women's committee; having women talk/write about their lives; making classes more feminist; developing resource booklets; and considering having the role of women in union-based literacy and coeducational literacy programs. Discussed in part 3 are the following findings of the exploratory study: several factors (violence, poverty, isolation, sex bias/discrimination) make literacy more difficult for women; literacy work is difficult but can be satisfying; and programs could be made more positive for women by starting woman-positive activities, ensuring that learning materials are realistic, and involving learners in decisions. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Beginning Reading, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Feminism, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Womens Education
Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women, 47 Main St., Toronto, Ontario M4E 2V6, Canada ($8 Canadian plus $2 postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Empowerment
Note: For related documents, see CE 071 962-965; photographs may not reproduce clearly.