ERIC Number: ED144025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Literacy Policy and Reading and Writing Instruction.
Bormuth, John R.
After considering various estimates of the extent to which there is a "literacy problem" in the United States, this paper develops an econometric model of the literacy program. Defining the volume of literacy as the total amount of information that people exchange through the materials they want or need to use, the volume of literacy is seen to be a function of people's reading ability, of the degree of comprehensibility with which materials are written, of the number of materials that people read, and of the number of people who do any amount of reading. The costs of producing that volume of literacy are determined by the same four variables. This model has many implications that are discussed in some detail, among them the fact that the most efficient use of educational resources would involve a balanced program of support for both reading and writing instruction. (AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the 1977 Minnesota Perspectives on Literacy Conference; See related document CS003676