ERIC Number: ED421611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy and the Unemployed. Research Report No. 1.
The relationship between literacy and unemployment was examined through two research activities: a review of changing patterns of unemployment, changing directions in adult literacy and basic education in Australia, and literacy programs for unemployed people and interviews with a sample of 27 Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) clients who had been referred by the local CES office to a technical and further education (TAFE) college in the metropolitan west of Sydney. Of the 27 interviewees, 16 (60%) were happy to have been referred to TAFE literacy programs. Nearly all those who welcomed referral to TAFE were from non-English-speaking backgrounds, and only three were Australian born. Interviewees' age and work aspirations and prospects also affected their attitudes toward enrolling in TAFE. Even those who were reluctant to enroll in TAFE generally believed that enrolling in TAFE would be in their best interests. Most interviewees attributed their unemployment to their low literacy skills rather than to the recession. Policymakers were advised to bear in mind that, although literacy is vitally important for many jobs, low English literacy skills do not automatically render people unemployable or nonfunctioning members of society. (Appended is an interim literacy course matrix. Contains 154 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Policy, Employment Opportunities, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Non English Speaking, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Postsecondary Education, Student Attitudes, Unemployment
Centre for Language and Literacy, Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123, Broadway, New South Wales 2007, Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ., Sydney (Australia). Centre for Language and Literacy.
Identifiers - Location: Australia