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Monday, 20th April 2015

Action Research to Improve Youth and Adult Literacy

Source: UNESCO

From the Foreword:

UNESCO perceives literacy as the foundation for lifelong learning. It is grounded in multilingual and multicultural practices in societies. In recent decades, research and practise has embedded youth and adult education in its linguistic and cultural context. Theory and good practice in literacy has helped improve the quality of learning outcomes and thereby improving lives of learners and enhancing their skills for participation in democratic developments of society. It has also helped to promote respect for diversity.

The present action research has identified five guiding principles for youth and adult literacy programmes: (1) inclusion; (2) lifelong learning; (3) literacy perceived from a multilingual and multicultural perspective and as an essential aspect of the human right to education; (4) a multilingual and multicultural ethos; and (5) sustainability. These guiding principles are the pillars of the quality framework for youth and adult literacy education and learning which is proposed in this book.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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