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Using literacy - A new approach to post-literacy materials - Education Research Paper No. 10, 1994, 57 p.

Table of Contents

Alan Rogers

November 1994
(Reprinted July 1997)

Serial No. 10
ISBN: 1 861920 70 9

Department For International Development


This is one of a series of Education Papers issued from time to time by the Education Division of the Department for International Development. Each paper represents a study or piece of commissioned research on some aspect of education and training m developing countries. Most of the studies were undertaken m order to provide informed judgements from which policy decisions could be drawn, but in each case it has become apparent that the material produced would be of interest to a wider audience, particularly but not exclusively those whose work focuses on developing countries.

Each paper is numbered serially, and further copies can be obtained through the DFID's Education Division, 94 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL, subject to availability. A full list appears overleaf.

Although these papers are issued by the DFID, the views expressed in them are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the DFID's own policies or views. Any discussion of their content should therefore be addressed to the authors and not to the DFID.

Table of Contents


Abbreviations used in the text

Chapter 1: The growth of interest in 'post-literacy'

Concepts and definitions
Assumptions and issues

Chapter 2: Materials for post-literacy

1. Special materials:

Enhancing literacy skills
Writing workshops
Locally generated materials (LGM)
Low cost materials

2. 'Real' materials

Extension materials
Visual literacy
Using real materials for literacy

3. Access to and use of these materials

Training for post-literacy
Evaluation of post-literacy activities and materials
Income-generation programmes

Chapter 3: Developing new approaches to post-literacy

The traditional view
Developing new approaches
A re-definition of 'post-literacy'
Materials for 'post-literacy'
Post-literacy and initial literacy programmes
Post-literacy service

The cost-effectiveness of supporting the production of special post-literacy materials.
The cost-effectiveness of using 'real' materials for the enhancement of literacy practices

Cost benefit
Summary of possible courses of action