Adult Literacy Providers and Lifelong Learning: Challenges of Delivering the Promise in New Zealand

By Niki Murray, Margie Comrie, Franco Vaccarino and Frank Sligo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper reports on the challenges inherent for adult literacy providers in implementing the vision of lifelong learning. These challenges are positioned as a gap between policy and practice.

Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Policy, Adult Literacy, Adult Learning, Adult Literacy Providers, Community, Employers

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp.169-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.628KB).

Niki Murray

My background is mainly in Psychology where I obtained my Masters in 2002. My MA research looked at the effect of glucose, protein, and fat on the memory and reasoning abilities of young and mature men. After my Masters, I worked for two years with a mental health organisation where I mainly worked with Department of Corrections clients. Here, I was inovlved with community reintegration work, and also spent some of my time working with troubled youth. I am currently the Project Manager for a study investigating the needs of literacy participants, and the barriers to both literacy and employment that they face. This work also looks at the needs and barriers of those not participating in literacy programmes, and the perceptions of the wider community and employers in the area. This research has now begun to lead us into practical interventions and trials of ideas through action research processes.

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