Defining Work Readiness

Adult learners often seek to improve their basic skills because they want better jobs. And as adult educators, we want to provide them with the skills they need to get those jobs. But what if there are simply not enough good jobs to go around? Do we proceed, happy that at least a few will procure that “better job”? Or do we help our learners gain the skills they need to turn bad jobs into better jobs?

The fact is: there are a lot of really bad jobs out there, and the bad jobs are growing the fastest. Read more…

Health Literacy: It’s complicated.

The Affordable Care Act defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. So, World Education works with educators to develop innovative, health-contextualized instructional strategies, such as Words2Learn mobile learning project. Read more…

Are you Digitally Literate?

If you have working knowledge of computers and how they work, can use all the programs within Micro Office and navigate the Web like a banshee, you still might not be considered digitally literate. Say what?

Digital literacy is not only about possessing computer skills. According to the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, digital literacy comprises the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information. So as you can see, digital literacy or readiness goes beyond the mere physical realm of accessing and manipulating information. Read more…

Focus on Reading and Writing

World Education has been deeply involved with the pedagogy of adult reading since its inception. During the organization’s first decades, from 1953 into the 1970s, staff pioneered the development of non-formal education practices in India, Bangladesh, and Thailand by insisting on a functional literacy focus—reading and writing to survive and thrive in everyday life, as opposed to the academic extremes of grammar drills and copying model texts. World Education’s first generation of trainers went on to train additional hundreds of native teachers around the globe. Read more…

What Literacy Means Today

“Adult and Family Literacy Week” would be better named “Adult and Family Literacy and Numeracy Week!” Why? Because the ability to use mathematics in everyday life is essential to fully participating in modern life “at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond, as consumers, in managing our finances, as parents helping our children learn, as patients making sense of health information, as citizens understanding the world around us.”[1] Decisions we make every day depend on numeracy skills. “To make the best choices, we need to be numerate.”[2] Read more…