ERIC Number: ED308343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Pioneers and New Frontiers. The Role of Volunteers in Combating Adult Illiteracy.
This document traces the history of volunteerism in the literacy field, discusses the current role and use of volunteers, and assesses the potential and the limits of volunteerism as a current and future means for overcoming illiteracy in the United States. (The major conclusion is that the current delivery system of literacy activities can go no further without additional funding.) The introduction reviews the changing standards of literacy and volunteers and literacy. The second chapter describes the pioneering volunteer-managed agencies--Laubach Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers of America--and mentions legislative action for literacy. The third chapter covers the adult basic education program, community-based organizations, libraries, correctional institutions, and churches. New frontiers envisioned in the fourth chapter include the growth of professionalism, changes in the role and use of volunteers, corporate volunteerism as a force, a trend toward cooperation among the providers, and funding. The fifth chapter, entitled "The Potential of Volunteers," discusses the myths, advantages, and limitations of volunteerism. The document ends with a list of 13 references. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Functional Literacy, Functional Reading, Literacy Education, Voluntary Agencies, Volunteers, Workplace Literacy
Business Council for Effective Literacy, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 35th Floor, New York, NY 10020 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Council for Effective Literacy, New York, NY.