ERIC Number: ED359329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy in Canada in 1992: Initiatives, Issues and Imperatives. A Report Prepared for the Prosperity Secretariat.
Barker, Kathryn Chang
This study examined current initiatives related to adult literacy in Canada. A literature search, interviews with government personnel, telephone surveys, faxed questionnaires, and interviews with key individuals were used to assess four kinds of initiatives (teaching/learning opportunities, support to programs, policy development, and advocacy/public education) directed at four target groups: basic illiterates, illiterates in the workforce, immigrants, and aboriginal groups. The unmet needs and issues of concern to Canada's literacy education community were identified, and 12 recommendations were developed from the perspective of adult literacy stakeholders. The overview and needs assessment confirmed that Canada's adult literacy problem is a national, expensive, long-term, and complicated problem requiring national leadership and coordination to support and increase the involvement of the literacy community, researchers, policymakers, and advocates in the development and implementation of a national policy on adult literacy and basic education that incorporates the complex nature of literacy as an educational, social, economic, and political issue. Appendixes include details of the data-gathering methodology, an inventory of research in Canada, a sampling of Canadian literacy resources, a 31-item annotated bibliography, the faxed literacy community survey, and guidelines for creating an adult literacy policy. (Contains 118 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Canada Natives, Change Strategies, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Immigrants, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Research Needs, State of the Art Reviews, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Industry, Science and Technology, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada