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Title: An Aboriginal Adult Literacy Campaign Pilot Study in Australia using 'Yes I Can'
Contributor(s): Boughton, Robert G  (author)orcid ; Ah Chee, Donna (author); Beetson, Jack  (author); Durnan, Deborah (author); LeBlanch, Jose Chala (author)
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: In 2012, the remote Aboriginal community of Wilcannia in western NSW hosted the first Australian pilot of a Cuban mass adult literacy campaign model known as 'Yes I Can'. The aim was to investigate the appropriateness of this model in Aboriginal Australia. Building on an intensive community development process of 'socialisation and mobilisation', sixteen community members with very low literacy graduated from the basic literacy course, with the majority continuing on into post-literacy activities, further training and/or employment. The pilot was initiated by the National Aboriginal Adult Literacy Campaign Steering Committee (NAALCSC) consisting of Aboriginal leaders from the education and health sectors, and managed by the University of New England (UNE), working in partnership with the Wilcannia Local Aboriginal Land Council as the local lead agency. The pilot was supported by a Cuban academic who came to Australia for this purpose, and included a Participatory Action Research (PAR) evaluation led by the UNE Project Manager. In this paper, members of the project team and the NAALCSC describe the pilot and reflect on its outcomes.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Literacy and Numeracy Studies, 21(1), p. 5-32
Publisher: University of Technology Sydney
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1441-0559
Field of Research (FOR): 130101 Continuing and Community Education
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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