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26 I Adult Literacy and New Technologies: Tools for a Lifetime ,- .- .) ~..—.——.-....— . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . k ‘- ● J . ----- J 5, k“ bit’ r ..Q a.z..l —...--.....—-.—...—— Will we be able to exploit the versatility of new interactive technologies for learning and literacy? taken frost steps toward making technology a central research theme by conducting forums on technology and adult literacy. As one of the Federal education research centers, NCAL should seek connections with others, particularly the Center for Technology in Education, to share knowledge and collaborate on research proposals. Include Adult Literacy in Advanced Technology /initiatives As Congress considers initiatives to spur advanced technology development, including a high-speed information highway for research and education, it can significantly increase the benefits by adding R&D focused on adult literacy programs and adult learners. Congress may also wish to include funding for partnerships between V*WU% .U software developers, telecommunications providers, hardware companies, and literacy providers; this would bring the right people to the table to reach every part of society. Rethink the Federal Role If Congress wishes to rethink Federal literacy efforts, particularly to significantly increase funding, raise visibility, and unify piecemeal efforts, it must focus on those with the highest priority needs. Current attempts to clarify the changing requirements for literacy and survey the literacy skills of the adult population are important first steps. Data from the National Adult Literacy Survey is expected to provide much more precise information on the level of literacy skills pos- !. ,. o 0

sessed by various segments of the adult population and the impact of limited literacy on their employment and well-being. The real challenge will be to serve people who can read, but not well enough to function fully in the workplace and as members of society. Reaching this large group will require drawing people to education and training, and removing the stigma attached to adult schooling. It will also involve creating opportunities for adults to build learning into their lives, for employers to build learning into the workplace, and for other social institutions (e. g., libraries and medical centers) to build learning into everyday life. Chapter l-Summary and Policy Options | 27 In the long term, an integrated, nationwide learning system that reaches learners throughout their lifetime needs to be developed as part of the Nation’s literacy policy. We are a long way from creating an interconnected and integrated system of K-12 education, adult education, vocational and technical education, higher education, and training, but technology, particularly telecommunications, is helping to link institutions and programs in new and important ways. Congress may wish to enlist telecommunications, improved learning and management tools, and information systems to create a comprehensive system for adult literacy. .

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