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    Illiteracy

    An Overview

    David Harman
    Mr. Harman reviews current definitions of illiteracy and functional illiteracy and discusses their relationship both to estimates of the scope of the problem and, by implication, to efforts toward its solution. Applying functional standards according to the requisites of particular societies, it can be seen that even countries with high literacy rates, such as the United States, harbor large functionally illiterate populations. The author argues that adult basic education efforts here and abroad should be planned on a situation-specific basis, with goals, content, and evaluative components derived independently of the usual grade school equivalencies.

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    Summer 1970 Issue

    Abstracts

    The Adult Literacy Process as Cultural Action for Freedom
    Paulo Freire
    Illiteracy
    An Overview
    David Harman
    Illiteracy in America
    Position Papers: The Politics of Reading
    Neil Postman
    Illiteracy in the Ghetto
    Jane W. Torrey
    Properly Literate
    Wayne O'Neil
    Illiteracy in America
    A Symposium
    Jeanne Chall, David Harman, Ephraim Isaac, Dorothy Jones, Frank Laubach, Robert Laubach, Wayne O'Neil
    Illiteracy in America
    Further Comment: The Role of the Volunteer Teacher
    Frank C. Laubach, Robert S. Laubach
    Literacy through Democratization of Education
    Armando Martinez
    The Problem of Reading is Solved
    Caleb Gattegno
    Reading, Writing, and Phonology
    Carol Chomsky
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