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Building sustainable adult literacy provision: a review of international trends in adult literacy policy and programs

24 Oct 2004
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Rosa McKenna and Lynne Fitzpatrick summarise an extensive study of adult literacy policies and practices in vocational education in six countries - Canada, New Zealand, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia.

Australia, compared to the other countries studied, has a strong focus on the integration of literacy with vocational education and training standards and national qualifications, and a relatively advanced quality assurance system. To build further on literacy policy and practice, the authors suggest providing national leadership, expanding national research and referral programs, expanding flexible funding arrangements and continuing to develop diverse delivery modes, promoting consistent reporting and quality assurance, and building the capability of the existing teaching workforce.Rosa McKenna and Lynne Fitzpatrick summarise an extensive study of adult literacy policies and practices in vocational education in six countries - Canada, New Zealand, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia. Australia, compared to the other countries studied, has a strong focus on the integration of literacy with vocational education and training standards and national qualifications, and a relatively advanced quality assurance system.

To build further on literacy policy and practice, the authors suggest providing national leadership, expanding national research and referral programs, expanding flexible funding arrangements and continuing to develop diverse delivery modes, promoting consistent reporting and quality assurance, and building the capability of the existing teaching workforce.

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