Real Literacy

An earlier version of this paper was published in 1999, ‘Improving the quality of adult literacy programmes in developing countries: the ‘real literacies’ approach’, in the  International Journal of Educational Development vol. 19, pages 219-234; available at [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0738-0593(99)00015-2

Improving the quality of adult literacy programmes in developing countries:  the ‘real literacies’ approach.

Abstract:  This paper looks at some of the characteristics of mainstream adult literacy programmes in developing countries. Drawing on case studies in Asia and Africa, it outlines an approach using texts found in local communities and chosen by the literacy participants rather than or as well as literacy textbooks, and indicates the underlying concepts on which this approach is based.  It assesses some of the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and concludes that it is worthy of use.  The main issue is how to evaluate its success in achieving its goals. 

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