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ERIC Number: ED354298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-10
Pages: 16
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Participatory Literacy Education: An Update.
Jurmo, Paul
A participatory approach to adult literacy education aims at getting the learner to function at the highest level of responsibility possible regarding program activities; it demands an active approach. Characteristics of a participatory literacy program include the following: activities that emphasize what learners already know, learners participating actively, learners working as a team, learners identifying problems and figuring out how to solve them, learners taking risks, and learners serving as "facilitators" and "resource persons" for this process. Participatory literacy education began in small community-based organizations, where most of the participatory approaches are still taken today. However, the idea is starting to catch on in other segments of the field as well, including workplace literacy, volunteer programs, student writing, alternative assessment, and collaborative planning networks. The participatory approach has shown good results in the growing realization that traditional, top-down approaches to literacy education do not work; more support (moral and material) is now being given to participatory efforts by policymakers and funders. However, obstacles such as inadequate funding and resistance to change are still great. Current and potential supporters of the participatory approach have to be critical thinkers, listen to others, and question their own work. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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