ERIC Number: ED332045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Researching Literacy in Industrialised Countries: Trends and Prospects. UIE Reports 2.
Barton, David; Hamilton, Mary E.
Influences upon trends in literacy research include national and international agendas, active networks, and public images of literacy. Five trends in literacy research can be discerned. The first trend is research that tries to determine the extent of difficulties with literacy and its causes. Another trend is a shift in views and definitions of literacy toward a "social view." Third, a trend toward developing models of literacy learning appropriate for adults is noticeable. The fourth trend is an appreciation of the diversity of needs for literacy within the populations of industrialized countries and the development of flexible types of provision to meet these needs. A fifth trend is toward seeing literacy within the broader framework of language policy within a country and investigating the accessibility of contemporary language. Appropriate prerequisites for adult literacy research are examination of links between research and practice, an interdisciplinary approach, and international networks. (Appendixes include 129 references, examples of international and national agendas for literacy, summaries of methods and results of selected literacy surveys, and information on an exchange network on functional literacy in industrialized countries. An abstract in French is provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission des Communautes Europeennes (Luxembourg).
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (West Germany). Inst. for Education.
Note: Paper commissioned for the European Conference of Directors of Educational Research Institutions (6th, Bled, Yugoslavia, October 9-12, 1990).