ERIC Number: ED308342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Turning Illiteracy Around: An Agenda for National Action. Working Paper No. 2.
This document takes a comprehensive look at the resources, problems, and needs of the literacy field and focuses on the long-term requirements for expanding literacy services and ensuring high quality instruction in the United States. (A major conclusion is that the present system, with proper funding and other resources, has the capacity to expand its present service level from about 5 million to 10-15 million persons annually.) The first chapter analyzes what constitutes literacy in the United States today. The second chapter, entitled "Teaching the Functionally Illiterate: A Map of Programs and Providers," includes sections on the following topics: federal programs; Laubach Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers of America; community development agencies, churches, and community colleges; business and labor; public schools; interpreting the figures; participation; curricula and instructional approaches; professionalism; and future needs. The third chapter covers the provision of literacy instruction through a discussion of outreach and recruitment, curriculum, teachers, facilities, costs, volunteers, and future needs. In the last chapter, recommendations are given for short-term supports, short-term operations, long-term supports, and long-term operations. A list of 10 references concludes the document. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Functional Literacy, Literacy Education, Voluntary Agencies, Volunteers, Workplace Literacy
Business Council for Effective Literacy, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 35th Floor, New York, NY 10020 ($10.00 for the set of two companion working papers).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Council for Effective Literacy, New York, NY.