ERIC Number: ED473581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
What Makes "Good" Literacy and Numeracy Provision? Case Study Research of Regional Australia.
The question of what makes 'good' literacy and numeracy provision was examined by reviewing interview data from a project on the role of vocational education and training that was conducted by the University of Tasmania's Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Australia. The study dataset included the findings from 541 structured interviews and 570 questionnaires that were administered to training providers, employers, organization representatives, and community members at 10 sites across Australia in 1999-2000. The following potential benefits of literacy/numeracy provision were identified: (1) improved vocational outcomes, including workplace performance; (2) greater participation in further education and better educational outcomes; (3) social integration; and (4) improved self-esteem and self-confidence. The following barriers to effective delivery were discovered: (1) lack of funding; (2) funding arrangements favoring providers who get fast results; (3) administrative barriers; (4) the policy of tying funding for literacy and numeracy to vocational outcomes; and (5) distance and isolation. The following principles of effective delivery were identified: (1) supportive and continuing structure and infrastructure, including networks promoting professional development and resource sharing; (2) targeting of training content to meet individual and community needs; (3) community ownership of programs and resources; and (4) trust and collaboration between providers and communities. (Contains 27 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy, Case Studies, Delivery Systems, Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Educational Finance, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Individual Development, Interviews, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Numeracy, Program Effectiveness, Research Projects, School Community Relationship, Social Integration, Teacher Attitudes, Trainers, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
For full text: http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/alnarc/onlineforum/AL_pap_guenther.htm .
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium, Nathan. Queensland Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia