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close this bookUsing Literacy: A New Approach to Post-literacy Materials - Education Research Paper No. 10 (DFID, 1994, 57 p.)
close this folderChapter 3: Developing new approaches to post-literacy
View the documentThe traditional view:
View the documentDeveloping new approaches
View the documentA re-definition of 'post-literacy'
View the documentMaterials for 'post-literacy'
View the documentLGM:
View the documentPost-literacy and initial literacy programmes
View the documentPost-literacy service:
Open this folder and view contentsCost-effectiveness
View the documentCost benefit
View the documentConclusion
View the documentSummary of possible courses of action

Summary of possible courses of action


1. Surveys at local level of existing perceptions of literacy and of literacy practices and the relationship of these to the perceptions of agencies, so as to provide the basis on which to build new literacy and post-literacy programmes.

2. Assistance with the spread of real literacy materials so as to build up a literate environment; this needs to be monitored to see if increased supply of materials encourages increased demand for literacy provision.

3. Assistance to local libraries/resource centres and the training of their staff.

Literacy Programmes: special post-literacy materials

4. Support for literacy programmes seeking to develop locally generated materials, especially learner-generated materials.

5. Assistance to those writing and producing special post-literacy individually or in writing workshops to develop culturally appropriate and gender sensitive materials based on existing literacy practices.

6. Assistance for local producers of materials (especially local publishers) in production processes to strengthen local capacity.

Real materials

7. Assistance to literacy agencies to identify, adapt, disseminate mediate and utilise real materials for literacy purposes.

8. Assistance to agencies producing real materials to develop their materials in formats appropriate to those with limited literacy experience and confidence.

9. Training of literacy practitioners in how to use real materials within literacy programmes so as to develop literacy practices further.

Post-literacy service

10. Assistance with the development of a national or local service to provide support, expertise, mediation and adaptation for all forms of post-literacy activities to reach all those who need help with literacy practices.

11. Training to other support and development professionals so that they can help their participant groups with their literacy practices.