ERIC Number: ED400386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Using Literacy: A New Approach to Post-Literacy Materials. Education Research. Serial No. 10.
A research project examined the production of post-literacy materials through field visits to South Africa, India, Germany, and the Netherlands. In every country the many materials that could be used for the practice of literacy fell into two main groups: special materials (post-literacy and easy reading materials) and real materials (extension and ordinary materials). Most special materials had the following characteristics: designed to carry development messages; intended for reading, not writing; designed for persons seen as learners; and produced in writing workshops. Projects using locally generated materials were never long lasting. Real materials consisted of materials produced by development agencies to meet local societal needs. There was growing interest in visual literacy and adaptation of real materials. These materials were often not generally available to the learner groups during their literacy programs, and literacy instructors in post-literacy received virtually no training. A radically new approach to post-literacy programs and materials was proposed that saw post-literacy as the provision of support for the practice of literacy in real situations using ordinary materials by persons who have limited skills of reading, writing, and calculating. (The report includes abbreviated case studies of post-literacy activities in South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. (Contains 72 references and an index.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Overseas Development Administration, London (England).