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

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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.

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About the author (2007)

Juliet McCaffrey worked for over twenty years on adult literacy programs in the voluntary sector in Brighton, England. She then worked as the first gender and development officer for the British Council. She is now a freelance consultant and has worked in Egypt, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan and Yemen, designing and evaluating literacy programs as well as training literacy educators.

Juliet Merrifield has twenty-five years experience in adult education as both a researcher and practitioner. She is Principal of the Friends Centre, an independent adult education center in Brighton, and was formerly Director of the Learning from Experience Trust in London. She worked in the US for twenty years, first at the Highlander Center promoting education for social change, and later as Director of the Center for Literacy Studies. She is particularly interested in evaluation, assessment and planning.

Juliet Millican has worked for more than twenty years in the field of adult literacy and community education while maintaining a fractional post at university in the UK. She has worked in a project management capacity in Egypt, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa, Nepal, and India, and on short-term contracts in other parts of the world.

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