ERIC Number: ED434222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Place for Political Literacy in Adult Education.
Espie, Rod; Viola, Josie
ARIS Resources Bulletin, v10 n3 p1-4 Sep 1999
The accredited course "Understanding Our Legal and Political World" was developed by the Victoria Law Foundation after a 1994 national survey into awareness of civics in Australia confirmed the need for basic political literacy programs at all levels of instruction, including adult education. To date, the course has been offered by a diverse range of providers ranging from correctional institutions in Victoria to a remote aboriginal community in North Queensland. In 1998, a teacher from the Council of Adult Education's (CAE's) English as a second language department and a teacher in CAE's general education department began working together to increase adult education providers' access to the Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC's) educational resources. After providing professional development courses for primary and secondary teachers for some time, the AEC has now joined with the Victoria Law Foundation to provide adult educators with professional development activities in explaining the constitutional issues surrounding the mechanics of Australia's existing referendum system and introducing tasks and activities that teachers can modify for their respective adult learners' needs. The response to these professional development courses for adult educators has provided convincing evidence that there is a significant place for political literacy activities in AE. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Citizenship Education, Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Law Related Education, Partnerships in Education, Political Socialization, Professional Development, Role of Education, Teacher Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Adult, Community, and Further Education Board, Melbourne (Australia).
Authoring Institution: National Languages and Literacy Inst. of Australia, Melbourne. Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Identifiers - Location: Australia