ERIC Number: ED472114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Multiliteracies and Life Transitions: Language, Literacy and Numeracy Issues in Aboriginal Health Worker Training--An Investigation.
Every, Anne; Young, Metta
The issues of language, literacy, and numeracy (LL&N) in Aboriginal health worker (AHW) training in Australia were explored to determine how these issues interrelate, overlap, and influence the types of literacy practices required in indigenous contexts. Data were collected through two workshops and formal and informal discussions with a sample of nine AHW trainers from four organizations. The study established that the lack of LL&N specialists in the field of training AHW has diminished LL&N being embedded in the AHW competency standards and that the introduction of AHW competency standards has reduced community ownership of the health service. The following were among the nine recommendations emerging from the study: (1) include substantial input from English language and literacy professionals in any rewriting or reworking of the units of competency for AHWs; (2) conduct further research on national and international models of "good practice" in multilingual, multicultural, postcompulsory education and training delivery and their implications for AHW training; and (3) fund programs of professional development in English as a second language and cross-cultural awareness for all teachers and trainers working in indigenous contexts. (The bibliography lists 29 references. The following items are appended: interview questions; study consent form; and list of the units of competency in the AHW certificate program.) (MN)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Academic Standards, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Allied Health Occupations Education, Competence, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Employment Qualifications, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Health Occupations, Health Personnel, Health Services, Indigenous Populations, Instructional Materials, Integrated Curriculum, Interviews, Life Events, Literacy Education, Material Development, Needs Assessment, Numeracy, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Records (Forms), Self Actualization, Standard Setting, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops, Trainers, Training Methods, Training Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium, Alice Springs. Northern Territory Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia