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ERIC Number: ED547388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy and Television: An Annotated Bibliography
Centre for Literacy
Television has been seen by some as an enemy of literacy and by others as a tool for enhancing literacy. It has been used to arouse public awareness through national campaigns, to instruct in basic skills, and to motivate potential learners to seek education. According to the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), adults with limited literacy watch more television than other adults. They suggest, however, that this is not the cause of their low literacy but the outcome. To explore some of the ambiguities and contradictions, The Centre for Literacy of Quebec chose Adult Literacy and Television as the topic for its annual Summer Institute in 2000. The question posed was: "Has a familiar resource been overlooked?" This bibliography provides some context for the discussion. Going back to the early literature from the 1960s, The Centre for Literacy of Quebec uncovered experiments and programs that have been forgotten, and numerous insights that have been lost. One of the most obvious findings is the little attention that has ever been paid to the concept of media literacy for adults. The varied initiatives in many countries reflect divergent theories of both literacy and of learning technologies. It is the hope that this re-collection of past thinking will serve to ground the Summer Institute. Beyond that, in combination with the ideas posed by Institute participants and others, it is the hope to influence current thinking about the potential of television in relation to adult literacy. The bibliography is arranged in chronological order to show the shift in perspectives over time. The end of the document provides an alphabetical index by author with a page reference to the annotation. Keywords are under each annotation for quick reference.
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: Adult Education; Adult Basic Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Canada Post
Authoring Institution: Centre for Literacy
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States