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ERIC Number: ED060273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
Pages: 5
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From Illiteracy to Literacy.
Grebelsky, Ora
This document is an English-language abstract (approximately 1,500 words) of a study about the world's illiteracy. The writer recalls that the gap between underdeveloped and industrial nations is particularly wide in the field of education. About two fifths of the world's adult population, nearly 800 million people are unable to read or write. The rate can be as high as 80% in backward countries, while it is insignificant in most highly developed nations. Many literacy campaigns have failed because they were confined to teaching the rudiments of reading and writing without consolidating this knowledge through functional and continuous instruction. In Israel, there has been a lot of activity in the field of making new immigrants from undeveloped countries literate. Research into prefered methods has been sponsored by UNESCO in several countries such as Morocco and Brazil. Many nations have long maintained schools for adults, such as the USSR and China. An analysis of the motivation of illiterates to learn to read and write shows that obtaining employment is not their only motivation for becoming literate, but they also want to have more knowledge, help their children, and enjoy their leisure more. Specialized teacher training in dealing with adult illiterates produces favorable results. More research is needed in adult education. (Author/GDB)
Available in CEAS Abstract Series No. 1-4 (ED 060 227)
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Identifiers - Location: Israel