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By Vicky Duckworth

This booklet explores the sluggish evolution of grownup literacy coverage from the Seventies utilizing philosophical, sociological and fiscal frames of reference from more than a few views to spotlight how priorities have replaced. It additionally bargains another curriculum; a transformative version that offers a extra socially simply diverse worth place.

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2). This contrasts with the earlier perceptions of the goals of the literacy campaign as declared in their charter, which states that: Literacy is a right to which everyone is entitled ... the concept behind it is fundamental to the purpose and approach of the British Association of Settlements Literacy Campaign. 2) But by far more significant is the role of governmental agencies in factoring the themes of employment and economic well-being of the society into the equation of adult literacy policy and practice development.

However, there is nothing definitive about what framework we ought to be using, as different writers have drawn on a variety of political and economic drivers to offer their preferred paradigms. Our concern is not to take a position on which of these is most adequate. Rather, our aim is to demonstrate that value positions can be framed within the context of an overall framework of benefits to the society at large rather than to individuals. In this context, therefore, we have opted to take a brief look at what might be called the capitals paradigm.

In essence, the decisions we take are informed by our very nature as human beings. For the proponents of this view, key attributes that we hold on the basis of our nature include the ability to rationalise or provide reasons (rationalism): the ability to enjoy or gain satisfaction from certain things (hedonism), the ability to be imaginative and, therefore, transpose the unknown to the known, the ability to seek, find and offer solutions to problems and the ability to facilitate self-survival. These five attributes form the core of the value positions often referred to as naturalist theories of justification.

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