ERIC Number: ED308345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The U.K.'s National Center: An Approach To Consider.
Adult Literacy: Programs, Planning, Issues, n20 p1,6-8 Jul 89
This document describes the British Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit (ALBSU) because information on the ALBSU experience might be useful to planners working to establish a similar national literacy center in the United States. (The ALBSU was formed in London in the mid-1970s to support the BBC's television-based national adult literacy campaign, largely as the conduit for disbursing government funds to local education authorities. However, it has since evolved into the central organization for coordinating and nurturing adult literacy activities of every kind throughout England and Wales.) Section headings of the document pose questions addressed to ALBSU administrators that are answered in the narrative of each section. Among the headings are such questions as: What kind of body is ALBSU? To whom is it accountable? Who sits on its board? Does ALBSU promote private sector participation? How does ALBSU operate structurally? ALBSU does a good deal of publishing; what do activities in this area consist of, and how does the program operate? Who writes the materials? How is the budget apportioned? What about theoretical research? Who does it? Is ALBSU tied in with universities for that--or for any other functions? For television, radio, and other forms of distance learning, what kind of support does ALBSU provide? (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Agency Role, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Functional Reading, Literacy Education, National Organizations
Business Council for Effective Literacy, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 35th Floor, New York, NY 10020.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Council for Effective Literacy, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)