Methodological Issues in Assessing Literacy Level among Second Chance Learners

By Roseline E. Tawo, Alice E. Asim and Peter Unoh Bassey.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Illiteracy is a major issue in developing economies, especially where it visibly hampers developmental efforts of a nation. This study was carried out in one of the 36 states in Nigeria that is tagged “educationally disadvantaged’'. The state is in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where irate and restive youths have caused problems which has threatened Nigeria’s fledging democracy. The attitude of these youths has been blamed on illiteracy. As a way out the state government established 317 Adult literacy centres with 37791 second chance learners. This study therefore sought to find out how literacy was assessed in such centres. Methodological problems encountered by assessors in isolating literate from illiterate second chance learners have been highlighted. Hopefully the outcome of this study will provide impetus for improving literacy efforts of the government

Keywords: Literacy, Illiteracy, Second Chance Learners, Assessment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.217-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 681.511KB).

Dr. Roseline E. Tawo

Lecturer, Adult and Continuing Education, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

Has a Ph.D in Guidance and Counselling. Taught in many secondary schools and now in the University of Calabar, Nigeria. A member of Professional Associations, has attended and presented papers in conferences.

Dr. Alice E. Asim

Senior Lecturer, Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

Senior Lecturer and Sub-Dean of Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Dr. Peter Unoh Bassey

Lecturer, Educational Foundations, Guidance and Couselling, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria

Has taught Psychology for 8 years and presently undergoing a Ph.D programme in Educational Psychology. A member of Counselling Association of Nigeria as well as Psychological Association of Nigeria.


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