ERIC Number: ED121120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
L'Alphabetisation Fonctionelle: Pourquoi et Comment (Functional Literacy: Why and How).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
This pamphlet is the result of working papers prepared for the 1969 UNESCO meeting held to analyze problems associated with implementing an experimental world literacy program. Functional literacy is distinguished from traditional literacy as being an integral part of the economic and social development of the area in question, not isolated or an end in itself. At the time of the writing, twelve pilot projects were underway, in Algeria, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Iran, Madagascar, Mali, the Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, and Venezuela. Results revealed new, innovative teaching methods and materials, and flexibility in adapting programs to a variety of situations and needs. The difficulties encountered were basically three: delays in the established schedule; a discrepancy between the stated objectives and the number of people to be reached, to the disadvantage of the objectives; and insufficient experimentation with methods and materials. Proposed improvements include analyzing and revising operation plans; reinforcing the identity of experimental projects, their experimental nature, and their relationship with national programs; promoting a closer association of socioprofessional groups, such as unions and cooperatives, with the literacy programs; and establishing better guidelines, means of evaluation, and information exchange. (CLK)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Developing Nations, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Instructional Materials, Literacy, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Reading Skills, Socioeconomic Influences, Teaching Methods, Writing Skills
UNESCO, Place de Fontenoy, 75 Paris-7e, France
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: In French