Developing Adult Literacy
Approaches to Planning, Implementing, and Delivering Literacy Initiatives

Paper: 978 0 85598 596 7 / $31.95
Published: November 2007  

Publisher: Oxfam Publishing
306 pp., 7" x 9 1/4"
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An essential companion for those working in adult literacy, this book is designed to assist and support people who plan, develop, and deliver literacy programs and initiatives for adults. Using a mix of theory and practical real-life examples, the book sets out some of the main concepts of literacy and approaches to adult literacy education used throughout the world. These are then used to show the wide variety of different ways to develop and manage adult literacy programs.

Logically structured into sections, the book sets the scene for beginning to work on adult literacy. It presents the four key concepts of literacy that have shaped much of literacy learning over the last 30 years and the associated approaches. Preparation and planning for literacy learning is also covered, followed by a series of practical guides.

The authors demonstrate the huge importance of literacy and its power to improve lives, while also showing that the role literacy plays in development is not a simple one and is never a quick fix solution. Literacy initiatives are complex and must take into account the local context, resources, scale, and most importantly the purposes of learners, the local community, and other key stakeholders.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Professor Brian Street; Acknowledgements; List of Acronyms; About the Authors; Part I—UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT: 1) Introduction; 2) The International Context; 3) Mainstreaming Gender; PART II—UNDERSTANDING LITERACY: 4) What Do We Mean by Literacy?; 5) Literacy as Skills; 6) Literacy as Tasks; 7) Literacy as Social Practice; 8) Literacy as Critical Reflection; PART III—UNDERSTANDING THE PREPARATION PROCESS: 9) Planning for Literacy; 10) The Language of Literacy; 11) Monitoring and Evaluating Literacy Programmes; PART IV—UNDERSTANDING THE LEARNING PROCESS: 12) How People Learn to Read and Write; 13) Approaches to Curriculum; 14) Resources for Literacy; 15) Training and Supporting Literacy Educators; 16) Assessing Literacy Learning; PART V: MAKING SENSE OF ADULT LITERACY: 17) Conclusions; References; Index.

Reviews & Endorsements:
“Clearly written, well structured and extremely reader-friendly, this book is anchored in practical experience and draws on state-of-the-art research. Everyone involved in any way with adult literacy promotion, from governments and international organizations to NGOs and community groups, will welcome this book as one whose time has come.”
- Adama Ouane, Director , UNESCO International Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg
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