By Vicky Duckworth
This booklet explores the sluggish evolution of grownup literacy coverage from the Seventies utilizing philosophical, sociological and financial frames of reference from a number of views to focus on how priorities have replaced. It additionally bargains an alternate curriculum; a transformative version that offers a extra socially simply assorted price place.
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Additional info for Adult Literacy Policy and Practice: From Intrinsic Values to Instrumentalism
In response to Callaghan’s speech, a government consultative document argued that: the time has come to try to establish generally accepted principles for the composition of the ... Curriculum for all pupils ... there is a need to investigate the part which might be played by a ‘protected’ or ‘core’ element of the curriculum common to all schools. 11) In the case of adult literacy, the identification and ‘protection’ of ‘core’ elements fell squarely in the laps of ALRA, its inheritors and the MSC, which were able to use the financial resources they control as tools of enforcement.
Subsequently, the BBC extended its project to include development and publication of a range of programmes and materials. More importantly, the BBC’s effort was considered effective and seen as pivotal in getting well over 100,000 adults with literacy problems to come forward. The events reviewed were essentially driven neither by organisations that were government education agencies nor by government policies. A central focus of these events was the issue of entitlement. There were no specific expectations in terms of what type of literacy adults needed to acquire.
In the context of adult literacy education and the policies that drive its practice, therefore, it is possible to investigate their value in the context of whether we see adult literacy in the context of what it might be able to contribute to the economy at a societal level or what it might be able to contribute to the individual as an end in itself. Should adult literacy be seen as valuable if it helps to promote the job prospect of learners and, therefore, contribute to the economy, or should it be seen as a means of deriving and offering satisfaction in its own right?
Adult Literacy Policy and Practice: From Intrinsic Values to Instrumentalism by Vicky Duckworth