ERIC Number: ED435003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Research, Evaluation and Statistics. Ensuring Universal Rights to Literacy and Basic Education. A Series of 29 Booklets Documenting Workshops Held at the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg, Germany, July 14-18, 1997).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Although adult literacy programs exist in almost every country throughout the developing world, comprehensive information on their capacity, performance, and impact is seriously lacking. This deficiency has direct consequences for the effectiveness of developing countries' national literacy education policies. Reasons for the lack of data include the popular character of adult literacy programs with their grassroots, bottom-up, participatory approach and the fact that, in some countries, the private sector has taken over adult literacy. The knowledge base on adult literacy programs must be improved and broadened to enable policymakers and donor agencies to understand literacy programs' context, grasp learners' needs, and discuss programs' effectiveness and relevance by capturing the continuum of literacy abilities that goes beyond the simplistic literacy/illiteracy dichotomy. Effective monitoring and evaluation are needed to ensure the quality of adult literacy programs. The International Adult Literacy Survey is a good demonstration of how to use the best of education assessment technology to gather data on a broad range of individual literacy skills and examine basic skills from a continuum or scale perspective. In assessing requests for assistance, donor agencies are interested in research, evaluation, and statistics regarding the planning and implementation of adult literacy programs. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Developing Nations, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Information Needs, Literacy Education, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Research Methodology, Research Needs, Statistics
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International Adult Literacy Survey