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ERIC Number: ED333762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Obstacles to Learning: The Account of Low-Education Latin American Adults.
Klassen, Cecil
A Toronto (Canada) study explored how low levels of schooling and literacy affected access of Latin-American adults to aspects of everyday life. Subjects were nine Spanish-speaking men and women, most with little or no formal schooling and varying levels of Spanish literacy. Analysis of data gathered in interviews revealed that the individuals managed to operate effectively in most commonly-encountered domains (home, streets, shops, offices, less-desirable work settings) and ineffectively in some others (desirable work settings, classrooms, church). Literacy management strategies used effectively include the following: finding helpers to act as scribes for reading and writing in Spanish and English, and occasionally to speak in English; using limited forms of literacy such as simple numeracy skills, slashes or other marks on paper, using individual letters of the alphabet rather than words, and recognizing logos; and learning by experimenting with behaviors and products. Obstacles to learning cited include a lack of various kinds of knowledge obtained simply as a result of going to school (e.g., dictionary use, understanding of grammatical concepts); forms of exclusion from or within the classroom. Feelings of inadequacy and great desire to succeed also emerged. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)