ERIC Number: ED392943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-9
Literacy and Empowerment: Women Telling Their Stories.
Women and men experience illiteracy differently, with the inability to read and write often leaving women marginalized and powerless. Therefore, women need support groups in literacy programs. A literacy support group model for use in Edmonton, Alberta, is presented as a viable means to empower women who are marginalized in society mainly because of illiteracy. The model is based on the power of friendship and support for one another through the social experience of sharing personal stories as a means of understanding their experiences, finding their own voices, and raising their self-esteem. Narratives are used as a way for the participants to make sense of their lives and empower themselves to become literate. An attempt was made to start a women's literacy support group for offenders and ex-offenders at the Edmonton John Howard Society, but because of scheduling conflicts, lack of support from the institution, and communication barriers, the group did not succeed. (Contains 16 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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