Publié le 1 août 2006

Fighting illiteracy. A pilot study in the world of work

Pierre Roche

  • Training and Employment n°69
  • août 2006

ENTREPRISE, FORMATION DES ADULTES, ILLETTRISME, METHODE PEDAGOGIQUE, PROCESSUS D'APPRENTISSAGE, EXPERIENCE, France

People must master reading, writing and arithmetic (the three "Rs", as they are known) before they can join the working world and make careers for themselves. Although the main players at firms are perfectly aware of this need, very few attempts have been made so far to give people an opportunity of re-learning these basic skills, probably because of the many problems involved. How can one ensure that trainees will emerge unscathed from what is liable to be a highly destabilising experience, where their very identity is put to the question? What can be done so that their fears and their feelings of guilt and shame are overcome by their desire to learn? The results of a pilot study carried out on these lines have made it possible to shed useful light on these questions from the point of view of both the firms and the people involved, since they show that these efforts will not be made in vain.

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