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dc.contributor.authorMonteiro, Sylila
dc.contributor.authorSharma, Rashika
dc.description.abstractThe increasing complexity of contemporary society demands a more versatile and highly knowledgeable human capital base. To effectively function in the workplace and in daily life, knowledge workers today need to utilise their literacy and comprehension skills in multifaceted situations they encounter. Exceptional adult literacy is considered to be vital to the economic wellbeing of countries in the global context. In an economy of knowledge-based industries, the demand for a more literate workforce contributes to greater productivity. Literacy skills enable adjustment to rapidly changing workplace requirements and leads to the development of advanced technical skills and lifelong learning skills. In 2006, New Zealand Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) assessment results indicated that 1.1 million New Zealanders, which equates to 43% of adults aged between 16 and 65, have literacy and numeracy skills below those needed to participate fully in a knowledge society. Over 80% of these people make up the workforce. Therefore, increasing the literacy level is a key strategic priority for the New Zealand education system that aims to build a high-skill, high-wage economy and an inclusive society where everyone can participate effectively (Tertiary Education Commission, 2008). This research paper presents findings on assessment of adult literacy at tertiary level, the effectiveness of in-class interventions, and the resulting improvements in literacyen_NZ
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishingen_NZ
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dc.subjectadult literacyen_NZ
dc.subjecttertiary educationen_NZ
dc.subjectknowledge societyen_NZ
dc.titleAdult literacy for a productive, knowledge-based economyen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderCommon Ground Publishingen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Educationen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMonteiro,, S.R., and Sharma,, R. (2013). Adult literacy for a productive, knowledge-based economy. The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning 19(2), 33-40en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.volume19 (2)en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleThe International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learningen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaLanguage Studies

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