ERIC Number: ED428267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy: Some Information. ARIS Information Sheet.
National Languages and Literacy Inst. of Australia, Melbourne. Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Today, being literate entails more than reading, writing, and spelling correctly. Literacy also includes the following: a process that is a creative set of social practices that vary according to context, text, and purpose; a process that integrates language skills with thinking; and a political process that empowers people and is inextricably linked with the ways people lead their lives. Although it is commonly assumed that most Australian adults from an English-speaking background have the literacy skills needed to function effectively within Australian society, approximately 19% of Australians have very poor literacy skills and 27% have at least some difficulty with literacy tasks. Adult literacy programs in Australia are delivered by a number of providers, including the following: community providers (neighborhood houses, community centers, libraries); technical and further education colleges; the Council of Adult Education; registered private practitioners, and workplace training programs. National studies of adult literacy in Australia in 1990 and 1996 and studies of literacy needs in a changing workplace have documented the many positive outcomes of language and literacy training within Australian workplaces and the fact that poor English language and literacy skills are preventing many Australian workers from benefiting from training programs. (11 references) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Languages and Literacy Inst. of Australia, Melbourne. Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Identifiers - Location: Australia