ERIC Number: ED317757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy in the United States Today.
Forlizzi, Lori A.
This document addresses issues related to the problem that many U.S. citizens do not have literacy skills adequate to meet their needs and ambitions. The first section of the paper provides an overview of the problem, discussing how to define literacy, how it has been measured, some estimates of how many people are illiterate, who they are and where they are located. Intergenerational and cultural illiteracy, effects of illiteracy on the workplace, and literacy in the military are also discussed. The second section of the paper highlights the types of literacy services available and their major providers. Advocacy, awareness, information, and referral services are discussed. Federal programs are described, as are programs provided by libraries, by the Laubach Literacy Action organization and the Literacy Volunteers of America organization, by community development agencies, by churches, by community colleges and universities, by business and labor, and by the military. The third section of the paper addresses issues related to delivery of literacy services. Patterns of participation, materials and instructional approaches, use of volunteers in literacy programs, professionalism, and coordination among agencies are discussed. Concluding the paper is a listing of addresses and telephone numbers of 22 agencies and organizations that work in the adult literacy area. A 54-item reference list is included. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Federal Programs, Functional Literacy, Illiteracy, Library Services, Literacy Education, Military Training, Public Service, Reading Tests, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Student Participation, Voluntary Agencies, Workplace Literacy
Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Pennsylvania State University, 204 Calder Way, Suite 209, University Park, PA 16801.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. for the Study of Adult Literacy.