Adult Learning and Literacy Research Group ALCR: Adult Literacy and Communication Research Group

 

Publications

On this page you will find examples of the publications being written as outputs from this research programme. If you would like more details about the research strands represented by these publications, please do not hesitate to contact any of the authors.

Self Care Report

Vaccarino, F., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Franklin, J., Sligo, F. (2009). A case study exploring the interconnections between literacy, employment and the library in Wanganui Prison’s self-care units. New Zealand: Department of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University. ISBN 978-0-9582892-1-4. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui 0707. ISSN 1176-9807.

Self-care-Report-FINAL.pdf (501 KB)

This report is a case study which focuses on Wanganui Prison’s self-care accommodation units. These units enable selected inmates to re-establish basic living skills and individual responsibility that help them prepare for release back into the community. According to the Department of Corrections, self-care units teach prisoners independent living skills, providing an intermediate step between the prison environment and life in the community by placing individual inmates in a flatting-type situation with peers. Inmates take responsibility for their living arrangements with their peers, and they take control of their day-to-day living needs. As part of their reintegration into the community, inmates in these self-care units have the option of going to the Wanganui District Library on a regular basis. This case study explores these self-care inmates’ perceptions of their library experience, and the impacts the library has on their literacy and lives.

Picturing Words: Illustration-based Research Feedback to Persons of Low Literacy

This paper has been submitted to the X International Symposium on Social Communication, Centre for Applied Linguistics, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, January 22-27, 2007.

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FRST Literacy and Employment Report Series 2007

Lifelong Literacy: Issues of Strategy


In reviewing the NZ Adult Literacy Strategy and the current and future Tertiary Education Strategies, it became apparent that further development of adult literacy policy was sorely needed. This document summarises the issues that need to be considered in a future lifelong literacy strategy based upon the principle of lifelong learning. Emphasis is placed on ‘joined-up’ solutions and approaches not just within the policy directions themselves, but also within and between the associated Government departments and the resultant implementation plans for such policy.

Sligo, F., Watson, B., Murray, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Tilley, E. (2007). Lifelong literacy: Issues of strategy. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-9582766-7-2. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0701. ISSN 1176-9807.

Lifelong_Literacy_Issues_of_Strategy.pdf (2,498 KB)

Perspectives of Adult Literacy Learners 2006-2007: A Report from the Wanganui Adult Literacy and Employment Project

This report discusses findings from interviews with participants in adult literacy courses. It includes findings from those first interviewed in 2006 and follow-up interviews with those first interviewed in 2005.

Murray, N., Franklin, J., Comrie, M., Watson, B., Shearer, F., Tilley, E., Sligo, F., & Vaccarino, F. (2007). Perspectives of adult literacy learners 2006-2007: A report from the adult literacy and employment project. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-9582766-6-8. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0702. ISSN 1176-9807.

Perspectives_of_Adult_Literacy_Learners_2006-2007.pdf (1,428 KB)

Action Research Reflections

This report discusses action research undertaken within a Wanganui adult literacy training provider, and a family learning project conducted at Castlecliff School. This report follows on from the initial description of these projects in the 2006 Action Research report.

Vaccarino, F., Comrie, M., Murray, N., & Sligo, F. (2007). Action research reflections: The Wanganui adult literacy and employment project. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-9582766-5-8. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0703. ISSN 1176-9807.

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Literacy Provision and Employment: Perspectives of Secondary School Teachers, Employers and Adult Literacy Practitioners

This report discusses the perspectives of secondary school teachers, employers, and adult literacy practitioners on the link between literacy and employment, the training opportunities on offer, and issues and ideas surrounding better collaboration between these agencies.

Watson, B., Neilson, D., Murray, N., Dempsey, B., Sligo, F., Comrie, M., & Vaccarino F. (2007). Literacy provision and employment: Perspectives of secondary school teachers, employers, and adult literacy practitioners. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-9582892-0-7. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0705. ISSN 1176-9807.

Literacy_Provision_and_Employment.pdf (1,060 KB)

Literacy Aotearoa Wanganui - A Formative Evaluation: Transitioning a Community Provider from Literacy For the Workplace to Literacy In the Workplace

This discusses a formative evaluation of Literacy Aotearoa Wanganui’s transition from a provider delivering literacy for employment, to a provider delivering literacy in the workplace.

Chandler, R., & Harrison, G. (2007). Literacy Aotearoa Wanganui - A formative evaluation: Transitioning a community provider from literacy for the workplace to literacy in the workplace. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-9582766-9-6. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0706. ISSN 1176-9807.

Literacy_Aotearoa_Wanganui_A_Formative_Evaluation.pdf (726 KB)

FRST Literacy and Employment Report Series 2006

Perspectives of Adult Literacy Learners 2004-2006: A Report from the Wanganui Adult Literacy and Employment Programme

This report gives a full analysis of the findings from the first interviews held with participants in adult literacy courses in 2005, and gives an initial analysis of the findings from the follow-up interviews with the same group in 2006.

Tilley, E., Comrie, M., Watson, B., Culligan, N., Sligo, F., Franklin, J., & Vaccarino, F. (2006). Perspectives of adult literacy learners 2004-2006: A report from the adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582646-6-X (978-0-9582646-6-2 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0601. ISSN 1176-9807.

Perceptions_of_Adult_Literacy_Learners_2004_2006_A_Report_from_the_Adult_Literacy_and_Employment_Programme.pdf (763 KB)

The Wider Voice: Wanganui Community Perspectives on Adult Literacy and Employment 2005-2006

This report provides a broader perspective to adult literacy issues, describing the views of a spectrum of Wanganui & District community members on literacy training and learning issues and their relationship to employment. Focus groups of Wanganui community stakeholders, including government departments and local social service agencies are also discussed.

Comrie, M., Tilley, E., Neilson, D., Culligan, N., Sligo, F., & Vaccarino, F. (2006). The wider voice: Wanganui community perspectives on adult literacy and employment 2005-2006. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582646-7-8 (978-0-9582646-7-9 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0602. ISSN 1176-9807.

The_Wider_Voice_Wanganui_Community_Perspectives_on_Adult_Literacy_and_Employment_2005_2006.pdf (932 KB)

Action Research Initiatives: The Wanganui Adult Literacy and Employment Programme

This document reports on the initial stages of three action research projects: one based within an adult literacy training provider; a second within a local Wanganui primary school; and a third being a formative evaluation of the development of workplace literacy provision.

Vaccarino, F., Comrie, M., Culligan, N., & Sligo, F. (2006). Action research initiatives: The Wanganui adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582646-8-6 (978-0-9582646-8-6 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0603. ISSN 1176-9807.

Action_Research_Initiatives_The_Wanganui_Adult_Literacy_and_Employment_Programme.pdf (1,131 KB)

In Their Own Words: Policy Implications from the Wanganui Adult Literacy and Employment Research Programme

This paper gives an overview of policy implications arising from the project work to date.

Sligo, F., Culligan, N., Comrie, M., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, J. (2006). In their own words: Policy implications from the Wanganui adult literacy and employment research programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582646-9-4 (978-0-9582646-9-3 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0604. ISSN 1176-9807.

In_Their_Own_Words_Policy_Implications_from_the_Wanganui_Adult_Literacy_and_Employment_Research_Programme.pdf (2,299 KB)

Voices: First-Hand Experiences of Adult Literacy Learning and Employment in Wanganui

In this report we attempted to bring to the forefront the perspectives of persons whom we interviewed, participants in adult literacy training classes.

Tilley, E., Sligo, F., Shearer, F., Comrie, M., Murray, N., Franklin, J., Vaccarino, F., & Watson, B. (2007). Voices: First-hand experiences of adult literacy learning and employment in Wanganui. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-9582646-5-5. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0605. ISSN 1176-9807.

Voices_First-Hand_Experiences_of_Adult_Literacy_Learning_and_Employment_in_Wanganui.pdf (6,268 KB)

Perspectives of Wanganui and District Employers and Providers of Adult Literacy Services 2005-2006: A Report from the Adult Literacy and Employment Programme

This report describes the findings from a Wanganui & Districts Employer E-Survey on literacy and employment. Also included is a discussion of adult literacy provider perspectives on adult literacy provision, its relationship to employment, and the challenges facing these providers in providing literacy training.

Neilson, D., Culligan, N., Watson, B., Comrie, M., Sligo, F., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, J. (2006). Perspectives of Wanganui and District employers and providers of adult literacy services 2005-2006: A report from the adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582766-1-7 (978-0-9582766-1-0 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0606. ISSN 1176-9807.

Perspectives_of_Wanganui_and_District_Employers_and_Providers_of_Adult_Literacy_Services.pdf (813 KB)


Wanganui's Enhanced Task Force Green: Opportunities for Those Seeking Work

This case study report describes the Enhanced Task Force Green initiative as a source of employment for those persons with low literacy levels.

Franklin, J., Culligan, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Sligo, F., & Tilley, E. (2006). Wanganui's Enhanced Task Force Green: Opportunities for those seeking work. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582766-2-5 (978-0-9582766-2-7 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0607. ISSN 1176-9807

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Common Threads: A Report for the Wanganui Community and Stakeholders of the Adult Literacy and Employment Programme

This report draws together findings from the first year of the project and outlines similarities and differences of perspective between the various contributing groups.

Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., Culligan, N., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., & Franklin, J. (2006). Common threads: A report for the Wanganui community and stakeholders of the adult literacy and employment programme. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582766-0-9 (978-0-9582766-0-3 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0608. ISSN 1176-9807.

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Tipping Points: Nodes of Change for Adult Literacy and Employment

In this report, the issues that adult literacy training participants themselves told us were most important to them have been turned into a series of 32 "Tipping Points" that represent the crux of literacy issues for adult literacy learners. These points represent the needs, pathways, and barriers to literacy and employment that interviewees told us had changed or were changing their lives.

Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Culligan, N., Comrie, M., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, J. (2006). Tipping points: Nodes of change for adult literacy and employment. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582766-4-1 (978-0-9582766-4-1 from 2007). Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0609. ISSN 1176-9807.

Tipping_Points.pdf (4,171 KB)

FRST Literacy and Employment Report Series 2005

Barriers to Adult Literacy: A Discussion Paper

This discussion paper explores perceived barriers to adult literacy as determined from interviews with participants in adult literacy training courses. It also explores barriers to participation in such courses by including interviews with those not taking part in such.

Sligo, F., Comrie, M., Olsson, S., Culligan, N., & Tilley, E. (2005). Barriers to adult literacy: A discussion paper. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582646-0-0. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0501. ISSN 1176-9807

Barriers to Adult Literacy.pdf (2,162 KB)

Perceptions, Needs, and Issues: A discussion Paper

This discussion paper explores the perceptions and literacy needs of community members in Wanganui and Districts, including focus groups with employers and in-depth interviews with adult literacy providers, concerned community agencies, and participants and non-participants in adult literacy programmes.

Comrie, M., Olsson, S., Sligo, F.,Culligan, N., Tilley, E., Vaccarino, F., & Franklin, J. (2005). Perceptions, Needs, and Issues: A discussion paper. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, New Zealand. ISBN 0-9582646-1-9. Series: Adult Literacy and Employment in Wanganui, 0502. ISSN 1176-9807

Perceptions Needs and Issues.pdf (3,298 KB)


Employer Perceptions

Wanganui and Districts Employers' Perspectives on Literacy and Employment

Franklin, J., Olsson, S., Comrie, M., Sligo, F., Culligan, N., Tilley, E., & Vaccarino, F. (2005). Wanganui and Districts Employers' Perspectives on Literacy and Employment. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, N.Z.

Employers Perceptions.pdf (470 KB)

River, canoe

Sligo, F.X. (2005). River, canoe: A metaphor to inform community-based research into adult literacy. E-book Proceedings of the N.Z. Linguistics Society Language and Society Conference, Massey University, Palmerston North, 2 September, 2004, "Researching Language Use and Language Users". Janet Holmes, Margaret Maclagan, Paul Kerswill and Martin Paviour-Smith (Eds.) ISBN 0-473-10654-X Available at:

http://www.vuw.ac.nz/lals/about/NZLS/e-book/Sligo.pdf

Rethinking research assumptions

Sligo, F.X. & Culligan, N. (2005). Rethinking research assumptions about community and community assumptions about research: The literacy and employment programme. In Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association 2005 Conference, "Communication at Work." Christchurch, 4-7 July, 2005.July 2005. Available at:

http://www.mang.canterbury.ac.nz/ANZCA/FullPapers/06PR&CommunityCommFINAL.pdf

Provider survey - phase 1: The provision of adult literacy services in Wanganui.

This report describes a 2004 survey of adult literacy provision services in Wanganui, outlining demographics of clientele, types of courses offered, types of funding provided for courses etc.

Neilson, D. & Culligan, N. (2005). Provider survey - phase 1: The provision of adult literacy services in Wanganui. Results and discussion. Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University, N.Z.

Provider Survey.pdf (434 KB)

Community of Common Purpose

Sligo, F.X., & Comrie, M. (2005). Towards building a community of common purpose in a research programme exploring the Literacy and Employment nexus. Presented at the Ninth International Symposium on Social Communication, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 25 January 2005. Conference proceedings pp.515-518

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Provider Survey Phase One

Neilson, D & Culligan, N. (2005). FRST Wanganui Literacy and Employment project: Provider survey-phase one. The provision of adult literacy services in Wanganui. Palmerston North: Massey University.

This report outlines the first phase of a survey of adult literacy providers in the Wanganui and Districts region. Information discussed included clientele demographics, characteristics of the provider agencies, characteristics of the programmes, how agencies address client literacy needs, funding, resourcing and staffing issues, and finally, challenges faced by providers. The report also goes on to outline areas for further examination in the second phase of the research which is to begin shortly.

Provider_Phase_One_Final_Report.pdf (144 KB)

Provider Phase One Final Report

Analysis of NZ Data from IALS

Culligan, N., Arnold, G., Noble, A. & Sligo, F.X. (2004). Analysis of New Zealand data from the International Adult Literacy Survey; Demographic predictors of low literacy proficiency.Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University,N.Z. Report commissioned by the N.Z. Ministry of Education, Wellington.

We reproduce the executive summary and the full report here with permission of the Ministry of Education.

Executive_Summary_101204.pdf (16 KB)

Analysis of New Zealand Data.pdf (949 KB)

Literacy Research in Wanganui

Frank Sligo
Sally Patrick

Wanganui District Library
Queens Park
Private Bag 3005
Wanganui, 5001
New Zealand.

Phone: (06) 349 1000 Fax: (06) 349 1019

Sallyp@library.queenspark.org.nz

NB: Presented at the LIANZA 2004 conference, 5-8 September, Auckland: http://www.confer.co.nz/lianza2004/

This paper describes community-based research into literacy and employment in Wanganui and Districts that is currently attempting to embody collaborative research practice, marrying the skills of University researchers and the deep cultural knowledge possessed by local people.

Early in 2004 the NZ Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) awarded funding to the Massey University Department of Communication and Journalism for a three and a half-year longitudinal study of adult literacy and employment in Wanganui and Districts. The first instigator of the proposal to research adult literacy in Wanganui and from the start a key research partner for Massey in planning and implementing the research was the Wanganui District Library (WDL).

For a number of years Library management has had an ongoing interest in low adult literacy and its local concomitants, specifically including its correlations with low library use, low income, poor health, lesser civic participation, and a higher propensity to be convicted of crime. The Library’s relationship with the University had stemmed from personal friendships and the presence at the University of researchers experienced in organisational and community-related studies.

Prior to this and via meetings organised by the WDL, advice of the planned research had been given to interested local groups, especially the Wanganui District Council, the NZ Police, Work and Income NZ, Enterprise Wanganui (a local business council) and the Ministry of Justice. Strong support for the proposed research had been received from meetings of these stakeholders chaired successively by the CEO of the District Council and the Mayor.

However the most important continuing means of integrating all stages of the research effectively into the community was by involving key Wanganui bodies such as Literacy Aotearoa (Wanganui), The Whanganui Community Foundation (both a funding body and an entity with some research capability that has invested significant energies into developing civil society and civic participation locally) and Te Puna Matauranga o Whanganui, a specialist educational and development foundation representing a group of local iwi.

pub_LitResWanganui.pdf (64 KB)

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