Caribbean Learners in an Adult Literacy Programme: Concepts of Literacy, Motives and Expectations of the Programme

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Caribbean Learners in an Adult Literacy Programme: Concepts of Literacy, Motives and Expectations of the Programme
Abstract
Adult literacy programs traditionally define literacy in fundamental, functional or cultural terms and prepare learners to conform to society. Community-based programs see literacy as emancipatory, adopt a critical stance towards society and ideally use a learner-centred approach. The author investigates one Montreal area community-based program based on more effective learner-centredness. Fourteen immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean participating in the program were interviewed to investigate their concepts of literacy, motives for enrolling in, and expectations of, the program. The author's results indicate that learners had limited concepts of the word "literacy," and had joined the program because of difficulties in accessing Canadian public education. Most had completed primary school in the Caribbean and were accustomed to teacher-directed education.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
2000
Language
en
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Citation
Knight, Stacey P. “Caribbean Learners in an Adult Literacy Programme: Concepts of Literacy, Motives and Expectations of the Programme.” Master’s Thesis, McGill University, 2000. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol1/QMM/TC-QMM-30793.pdf.
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