A paper about the potential of social networking and social media in adult literacy learning

November 29th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

AlphaPlus recently released the fourth in our series of published papers titled Social Networking Sites and Adult Literacy Learning: Raising the Issues.

Acknowledging that informal literacy learning is occurring in the process of using SNS, the paper addresses various factors that influence literacy learners’ use of these sites such as 21st Century skills, social and civic engagement, marginalization, the digital divide, and digital citizenship. Noting the ubiquity of digital technologies in today’s society, the authors argue that literacy programs have an important role in helping adult literacy learners keep pace with others in society. However, the paper also raises important issues that will need to be addressed if SNS are to be incorporated into literacy programs.

“Social networking sites and adult literacy learning go hand in hand, in our opinion, yet the issues and questions we’ve raised require careful consideration if they are to be brought together in non-formal and formal educational contexts.”  

Click here to download the paper in PDF.

We will publish four additional reports in the coming year, in support of our goal to uncover greater uses and possibilities for the integration of technology in adult literacy education.

We encourage you to share the information in the report with your network, and to send us your feedback.

If you would like hard copies of the research paper, please send an email request to yharel@alphaplus.ca