functional illiteracy


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functional illiteracy

Social medicine The inability to read and write enough to effectively function in an office or business. Cf Complete illiteracy.
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To acknowledge this nationwide problem of functional illiteracy, numerous authors have recommended that patient education materials be written on a fifth to sixth-grade reading level (Doak et al., 1996; Munsivais & Reynolds, 2003; Winslow, 2001).
He remembered well the embarrassment and the inconvenience of functional illiteracy. When Cal was in the fourth grade, he had more education than his dad.
The ministers recommended supporting more flexible patterns of working time to facilitate efficiency and to assist the increasing number of women with family and career responsibilities; strengthening basic education and education and training programs for young people and adults; overcoming functional illiteracy; and modifying social security, pension, and housing policies to facilitate mobility between regions and enterprises.
He says that the imprisonment of more than half the nation's inmates can be "directly linked to functional illiteracy," a statement that may well be true but is not easily verified.
The "gimme" society, coupled with functional illiteracy in large sections of the working population, has weakened Britain and undermined its ability to compete in the new global economy.
This functional illiteracy made it almost impossible for them to integrate into everyday American life.
The group's chairman, Sir Claus Moser, said the group had been "shocked" by evidence in official statistics and surveys of the scale of functional illiteracy and innumeracy.
American newspaper representatives attending an international Newspaper in Education conference heard one message loud and clear: Loss of young readership and functional illiteracy are worldwide problems, and newspapers must play a major role in turning that situation around.
It is all very well for the Assembly Government to promote the idea of a high-skill, high-wage economy, but while we have levels of functional illiteracy and innumeracy that are worse than in some countries much poorer than our own - Cuba, for example - we are severely hampered.
Also: the leveling off of affluence and education growth, with an increase in functional illiteracy; the increasing participation of women in the work force and the redefinition of marriage and family formation patterns, and the aging U.S.
We need to arrive at a situation where the shocking levels of functional illiteracy recorded in Wales are a thing of the past.
"Functional illiteracy is still far too common and the number of children leaving school without qualifications remains a real concern.

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