ERIC Number: ED454392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy and Numeracy in Vocational Education and Training. Review of Research.
Falk, Ian; Millar, Pat
The research on literacy and numeracy in vocational education and training (VET) in Australia and elsewhere was reviewed. The following topics were examined: (1) the basic skills, growth and heritage, and critical-cultural approaches to literacy; (2) policy regarding literacy and numeracy in VET; (3) changes in literacy practice in response to globalization and technological advancement; and (4) Australian language and literacy research and its contribution to the international body of knowledge. The following common themes were identified: (1) the explicit importance of literacy and numeracy in VET; (2) the effectiveness of integration versus basic skills; and (3) the role of literacy and numeracy in enabling access to and participation in VET and in facilitating mobility within and between work contexts. It was concluded that the integrated literacy and numeracy approach provides the best option for work-based practice where learning the integrated literacy and numeracy skills is a practical option. The stand-alone provision of literacy and numeracy approach was deemed best when intensive learning of literacy and numeracy skills is indicated or where literacy and numeracy learning are required to facilitate access to VET. The need for more coordination and integration of literacy and VET policy, practice, and research was discussed. (Contains 246 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Critical Reading, Definitions, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Fused Curriculum, Human Capital, Integrated Curriculum, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Numeracy, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Research Needs, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Whole Language Approach, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; Global Economy; Impact Studies