Literacy Specialists: Prior Knowledge and Experience (2003)

This document is part of the second phase of the “Connecting Literacy to Community” (CLC) project carried out by Bow Valley College in Alberta.

During the first phase, literacy specialists were assigned to three urban and three rural communities to help community agencies identify and minimize barriers to literacy. The role of the literacy specialist was created for the project, and the second phase of the project included research that explored the skills, competencies, prior knowledge, and experience utilized by the literacy specialists.

The research showed that prior knowledge and experience is extremely important in doing literacy specialist work. The literacy specialists brought substantial knowledge and experience to their role, including work experience, formal education, professional development, and volunteer experience.

The author notes that personal values about literacy, along with commitment to one’s community, also influence the way the literacy specialists fulfil their role.

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