What does it mean to be functionally literate? How can literacy be measured? And does it invariably promote development? This book examines such questions in the context of six types of marginal Philippine communities, ranging from island fishing people to upland farmers and rice cultivators. It demonstrates that the concepts of literacy and numeracy cannot be separated from their social and cultural settings and that standard measures of literacy used in industrialized countries are often inappropriate. As well as being a fascinating ethnographic study, this work has important implications for the design of community literacy programmes. It obtained the 1994 International Award for Literacy Research, co-sponsored by the UNESCO Institute for Education and Human Resources Development (Canada).
MOTS CLES · Alphabétisation · Droits culturels · Éducation · Ethnologie · Identité culturelle · Minorité · Pays en développement · Peuple Autochtone · Philippines