Australian Literacies. Informing National Policy on Literacy Education.Report as inadecuate

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This book, which is intended to inform Australia's education community about various aspects of the national literacy debate and the policy development process, reviews the literature on literacy teaching in secondary and postsecondary education and the workplace and describes the sociocultural and educational context for development of literacy policy and programs in the 1990s. Among the topics discussed in the book's six parts are the following: part 1, broad context of literacy education (the powers of literacy; literacy levels among Australians; and citizenship, social equity, and competence); part 2, necessary content of a national policy on literacy (policy context; purpose and scope; definitions; considerations in defining literacy; teaching cycles); part 3, Australia's learners (Australian English speakers, language diversity and English literacy, indigenous Australians, special needs, socioeconomic disadvantage); part 4, school literacy education (the early years, the middle years, the later years, the postschooling sector); part 5, adult literacy, numeracy, English-as-a-Second-Language) education, and lifelong learning for all; and part 6, state and territory programs in literacy (literacy teaching and learning in department of education schools in South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, and the Northen Territory and literacy teaching and learning and current practices in literacy education in the Catholic and independent schools sectors). (Contains 162 references) (MN)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Bilingual Education, Catholic Schools, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, National Programs, Numeracy, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Private Schools, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Special Needs Students, State of the Art Reviews, Statewide Planning, Synthesis, Trend Analysis, Workplace Literacy

Language Australia Publications, Level 9, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia ($29 Australian).

Author: Lo Bianco, Joseph; Freebody, Peter


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