Family and Community Literacies: Theories, Practices and Programmes

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The paper critically explores perspectives on adult literacy through the constructs of the community, the family, intergenerational learning, well-being and social inclusion. The varying conceptions of literacy and theories of learning, community and family that underpin international and Aotearoa New Zealand's approaches to policy and programmes are examined. Interpretations of the community, family/whanau, and literacy in Aotearoa New Zealand are explored from a cross-cultural perspective, as well as their implications for programme design, assessment and evaluation. While the focus is on adult literacy practices and learning, some consideration is also given to children and youth in the context of the family and community.

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