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The realities of Indigenous adult literacy acquisition and practice: implications for capacity development in remote communities

Publisher
Aboriginal Australians Literacy Economic development Indigenous Australia
Description

Significant work is being undertaken to develop the capacity of Indigenous communities to govern their own services and adult literacy is clearly seen as a major factor in the participation of Indigenous people in community development and the capacity building processes. Yet little research on adult literacy practices and competence in remote Indigenous communities has taken place in Australia. Inge Kral and Jerry Schwab report on a collaborative study involving two remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

The future sustainability of remote communities is being questioned with increasing frequency. The current state of welfare dependency is fragile. Significant work is being undertaken to develop the capacity of Indigenous communities to govern their own services and adult literacy is clearly seen as a major factor in the participation of Indigenous people in community development and the capacity building processes. Yet little research on adult literacy practices and competence in remote Indigenous communities has taken place in Australia.

Inge Kral and Jerry Schwab report on a collaborative study involving two remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, one in the Top End and the other in the Central Desert, and explore the implications for training, employment and capacity development in remote Indigenous communities.

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