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ERIC Number: ED473421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Decade of Literacy: Policy, Programs and Perspectives.
Castleton, Geraldine; McDonald, Marya
The literacy programs and policies implemented in Australia over the past decade were reviewed to identify initiatives that have and have not had a positive impact on vocational education and training (VET) and lifelong learning opportunities. Policies and practices in seven other countries were also reviewed. The following themes received particular attention: the impact of national policy through take-up of the National Collaborative Adult English Language and Literacy Strategy; the lack of state-based adult literacy and numeracy program development; informants' knowledge of key policy developments relevant to adult literacy policy and provision; mechanisms other than policy driving practice; predominance of training discourse; competing discourses; state-based initiatives; curriculum development and implementation; and the decline in professional development. The following initiatives were generally acknowledged as working to improve VET and/or lifelong learning outcomes: (1) development of accredited curricula in adult literacy and numeracy and the pathways they create for learners; (2) the various forms of support given to apprentices and trainees in their VET; (3) development and implementation of accredited curricula and various support mechanisms for volunteer tutors; and (4) specific resources delivered through the Australian National Training Authority Adult Literacy Innovative Projects Program. (Thirty-five references and an 85-item bibliography are included. The survey instrument is appended.) (MN)
For full text: http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/alnarc/reports/2002/CastletonMcDonaldO ct2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium, Nathan. Queensland Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; India; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States