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ERIC Number: ED412501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 26
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A Model of Adult Literacy: Implications for Educational Change.
Gersten, Karen
A research-based model of adult literacy categorizes adult reading habits into four categories: (1) illiteracy, the inability to read; (2) aliteracy, the absence of reading by those who are able to read; (3) selective literacy, reading only one type of material for a single purpose; and (4) active literacy, fully embracing literacy in all aspects of life. The model explores reasons why people develop such different reading habits. Family, school, and peer cultures are major areas of focus, especially when students experience culture clashes between home, community, and school. Culture's impact on learning style is another important consideration in the formation of lifelong reading habits. The affective domain is another critical element. It contributes to readers' personal definitions of reading, to their attitudes toward reading, toward their self-concepts as readers and learners, and to the readers' views of literacy use in their futures. Finally, interventions for both children and adults are suggested which could move more people toward active literacy. Common practices which are successful at all educational levels as well as varied teaching methods and materials which appeal to diverse learners are stressed, as the purpose of the model is to suggest interventions which would move more people toward active literacy. (Contains 5 figures and 31 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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