Reading Beyond the Alphabet: Innovations in Lifelong Literacy

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A serious shortcoming of the national literacy movement is the lack of progress in literacy beyond emergent skills. This book focuses on "lifelong literacy", that is retention and improvement of basic reading, writing and numerical skills throughout the lifespan.

While The National Literacy movement has successfully generated scores of "literate" people with neo - or semi-literacy skills, it has not been able to adequately address the persistent problems of low skill levels and ...

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Overview

A serious shortcoming of the national literacy movement is the lack of progress in literacy beyond emergent skills. This book focuses on "lifelong literacy", that is retention and improvement of basic reading, writing and numerical skills throughout the lifespan.

While The National Literacy movement has successfully generated scores of "literate" people with neo - or semi-literacy skills, it has not been able to adequately address the persistent problems of low skill levels and a steady erosion in literacy skills. There is therefore, an urgent need to implement creative and innovative ways that have shown promise in pilot projects and offer learning for other practitioners, planners and policy makers.

The contributions to this book are united in accepting that literacy is much more than just the 'three Rs'. Also, the relationship between literacy and personal and social empowerment has been emphasized. The innovations discussed in this book are united by the links that literacy forges between skill development and people's everyday lives.

The innovations are discussed under the following categories:

- empowerment

- promotion of reading culture

- reading matter for early literacies and

- publishing for rural areas

- libraries and literacy

- media and literacy

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  • ISBN-13: 9780761997085
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/26/2003
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Literacy in India - Brij Kothari
A Tide of Rising Rates but Low Levels
PART TWO: EMPOWERMENT AND LITERACY
Van Dhan - K S Ram
Literacy in Support of Livelihoods in Bastar
Taleem Se Taqat - Jaya Shrivastava
Educating Adolescent Girls in Delhi Slums - The Ankur Experience
Participatory Village Level Land-Use Mapping - Jayanta Kumar Sarma, Biman Borah and Gitarani Bhattacharya
A Post-Literacy Exercise
PART THREE: READING MATTER FOR EARLY LITERATES
Preparing Reading Materials for Neo-Literates - Sushama Merh-Ashraf
Some Ideas and Innovations
Pitara - Shalini Joshi
A Simply Written News and Features Magazine for Readers with Low Levels of Literacy
Finding Light (Ujjas
) in the Space Between Literacy and Communication - Preeti Soni
PART FOUR: PROMOTION OF READING CULTURE AND PUBLISHING FOR RURAL AREAS
Fostering a Reading Culture and an Experiment with Workbooks in Post-Literacy Education - P K Sasidharan and S Madasamy
Bringing Books to People - Michael Norton
PART FIVE: LIBRARIES AND LITERACY
Creating a Second Village Library Movement - Sarah Kamala
Door Step School - Rajani Paranjpe
If People Can't Go to Books, Let Books Go to People
Joy for Reading in the City of Joy - Saswati Roy
Libraries in Kolkata Slums
PART SIX: MEDIA AND LITERACY
Same Language Subtitling - Brij Kothari et al
A Butterfly for Literacy?
Velugubata, the Chittoor Post-literacy Newspaper - D Janardhana Reddy
An Evaluation
PART SEVEN: BRIDGING PEOPLE'S MATH AND FORMAL NUMERACY
The Meaning of Numbers - Anita Rampal
Understanding Street and Folk Mathematics
PART EIGHT: CONCLUSION
'To Keep Them Literate' - P G Vijaya Sherry Chand
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