Raising numeracy and literacy to improve vocational opportunities

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Author: Nicholas, Karen; Fletcher, Jo; Davis, Niki

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In this paper, we examine interviews with 34 stakeholders including tutors, administrators and adult education policy analysts who were working in the area of adult numeracy and/or literacy education. This provided opportunities for our research team to build up a clearer picture of the current status, plans, benefits and barriers related to improving adult numeracy and literacy with a particular emphasis on new technologies such as e-learning. The interviews provide a wide-ranging perspective of the factors which can help increase the viability of programs for improving numeracy and literacy skills within adult learning environments. This includes a particular emphasis on new delivery methods, such as e-learning, mixed media and distance delivery to maximise student engagement and opportunities. Computer-related strategies provide new opportunities to meet learners' individual needs.

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In this paper, we examine interviews with 34 stakeholders including tutors, administrators and adult education policy analysts who were working in the area of adult numeracy and/or literacy education. This provided opportunities for our research team to build up a clearer picture of the current status, plans, benefits and barriers related to improving adult numeracy and literacy with a particular emphasis on new technologies such as e-learning. The interviews provide a wide-ranging perspective of the factors which can help increase the viability of programs for improving numeracy and ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Literacy; Numeracy; Adult and community education; Teaching and learning; Technology; Skills and knowledge; Demographics

Keywords: Adult education; E-learning; Distance learning; Educational technology; Skill upgrading; Ethnicity

Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2012

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Journal title: Journal of vocational education and training

Journal volume : 64

Journal number: 4

Journal date: December 2012

Pages: pp. 433-451

ISSN: 1363-6820 (print); 1747-5090 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 110.865



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