ERIC Number: ED356421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Treating Illiteracy in the High Desert of California: A Psychological Approach.
Henderson, Joe L.
The United States lacks uniform popular definitions of "literacy," remediations, or consensus for national standards. Factors beyond the control of educational and political structures continually modify and dominate discussions of illiteracy and strategies of remediation. In most advanced cultures, alienation and functional illiteracy are probably pervasive among subcultural groups and individuals. Culturally based definitions of illiteracy and functional illiteracy should be accepted. Mainstream research on Maslowian, Piagetian, and deterministic issues has not been pertinent to the problems of illiteracy. The campaign to abolish illiteracy in the Mojave Desert of California centers on three separate projects, each with similar motives but differing approaches. The largest effort has been the Basic Skills Education Program of the Army. An initial program screens personnel and provides up to 52 hours of instruction in math, English, and writing skills. The second program is the Early Literacy Intervention Program being phased in by the Morongo Unified School District. Children with basic literacy skills deficiencies in grades K-12 are identified and receive individualized or small group instruction. The third program is the Morongo Basic Coalition for Adult Literacy. Central issues of illiteracy and functional illiteracy remain to pose challenges: no true working definitions, true illiterate people who are not being reached, and the challenge to find a method to educate this population. (Contains 339 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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