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ERIC Number: ED366747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy Training and the Integration of Human Services.
Reisner, Elizabeth R.
Service integration is a public policy strategy that brings together many services for highly disadvantaged persons, refashions the delivery of those services to meet individual needs, and increases the possibility of long-term success. Literacy training is an appropriate centerpiece for service integration because it contributes to the long-term self-sufficiency of individuals and families, thus meeting the strategy's central objective. Two service integration models that employ literacy training in a central role involve skills training and employment preparation and the development of parenting and child development skills. Service integration designed around literacy training can contribute to the following: (1) increased understanding of literacy issues among human service providers; (2) informal literacy training in many service contexts; (3) new opportunities to ground literacy instruction in real life applications; and (4) improvements in the capacity of human service agencies to serve persons who have previously failed to achieve literacy goals. Barriers to service integration include the following: the categorical structure underlying authorizations of public funds for literacy training and related services; a lack of experience and training on the part of literacy professionals to create and administer the necessary programmatic arrangements; and the need for extensive planning and ongoing collaboration at many levels of the participating organizations. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/YLB)
National Center on Adult Literacy, Dissemination/Publications, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 ($5; check or money order payable to "Kinko's Copy Center").
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.