ERIC Number: ED397234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy: The Next Generation. An NCAL White Paper.
National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.
During the past 5 years, groundbreaking studies of adult literacy and literacy education have been conducted that can help policymakers and practitioners shape the next generation of adult literacy work in the United States. Among the topics examined in those studies were the following: relationship between literacy and economic well-being; literacy instruction and measurement; workplace literacy and competitiveness; English as a second language; family literacy; professionalization and standards; and electronic technologies in education. It was discovered that, despite increased awareness of adult literacy as a social issue and increased enrollment in literacy programs, efforts to improve adult literacy have not yet brought the dramatic gains for which policymakers, the literacy community, or the public have hoped. Useful ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of adult literacy programs were identified, and specific recommendations concerning adult literacy practice, research, and policy were formulated. It was concluded that making major gains toward the goal of a fully literate United States will require the following: more funding of literacy efforts; better targeting of available resources toward improving customer service; tailoring programs to address diverse needs; and developing user-friendly educational technologies. (Contains 74 endnotes and 88 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Competition, Economic Climate, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, English (Second Language), Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Position Papers, Professional Development, Program Improvement, Technological Advancement, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis, Workplace Literacy
National Center on Adult Literacy, Publications, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR95-01).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Adult Literacy Survey (NCES)