Social Networking Sites & Adult Literacy Learning (2011)

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The authors have analysed information from articles, policy documents, web-based sources, and literacy learners and educators to decide if and how social networking sites such as Facebook can be used to facilitate adult literacy learning.

They conclude that social networking and adult literacy learning go hand in hand. At the same time, there are issues and questions that must be dealt with if they are to be brought together in non-formal and formal educational contexts.

By their very nature, the sites promote social learning and offer opportunities for practising reading and writing, the authors note. On the other hand, participants were divided about whether social networking helped or hindered text-based literacy development.

If adult learners are to take advantage of the opportunities social networking offers, then the digital divide must be overcome by ensuring access to computers and the Internet in programs and in homes; by providing training and technical support; by modelling a culture of digital engagement; and by advocating for structural changes that address the root causes of marginalization.

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Donna M. Chovanec and Amy Meckelborg. Social Networking Sites & Adult Literacy Learning 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2022 <>
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