ERIC Number: ED346752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Needs of Non-English Speaking Background Women. Report of a Research Project. Occasional Paper 7.
Foster, Lois; Rado, Marta
In view of recent Australian government policy favoring multiculturalism, a research study was undertaken to investigate the effect of literacy, bilingualism, and adult education and training on non-English speaking background (NESB) women in Australian society. NESB women have been identified as a migrant group with both special needs and problems as well as skills. This report reviews issues in literacy and bilingualism, new orientations in the 1990s for adult education and training, and workforce reform. The aim of the study was to enhance the opportunities for and access to further education and/or paid employment for NESB women. The methodology included a review of published and unpublished materials, interviews with a wide range of service providers and students, surveys of training opportunities, attendance at conferences and workshops, observations of a range of classes, collaboration on a literacy and basic education workshop, and development of a network of skilled informants. It is concluded that: (1) location, functioning, needs, and problems of NESB women as a specific group in Australia must continue to be the focus of research; and (2) matters of restructuring have profound implications for literacy, language, basic education and other forms of education and skills training for those in and out of the workforce. Eleven tables and figures on labor force participation rates, unemployment rates, and migration category supplement the narrative. Appended is information on the project outline, questionnaire, interview schedule, letters and survey sheets for government and community organizations, meeting agenda, and recommendations for a model for action. (LB) Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education.
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Bilingualism, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Pluralism, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, English (Second Language), Females, Foreign Countries, Labor Force, Limited English Speaking, Public Policy, Questionnaires, Tables (Data), Unemployment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Ministry of Education, Melbourne (Australia). Div. of Further Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia