Update on Progress

24 September 2004

By Niki Murray

Literature Review

The annotated bibliography is currently on the website and is being added to on a weekly basis.


Community Phone Survey

The Community Phone Survey has been completed and is currently being analysed. It is hoped that initial results will be posted to the website by the end of the month. This survey looked at the general community’s perceptions of employment in the Wanganui and Districts area.


Provider Survey

The Wanganui District Library has completed the first phase of surveying all known literacy providers in the Wanganui and Districts region. This data is currently being analysed. The information will allow a snapshot of the adult literacy services on offer in the Wanganui community, as well as informing Phase 2 of the Provider Survey. This second phase will be a more in-depth less-structured interview of open-ended questions.


In-Depth Interviews

Ideas for the in-depth interview questions have been derived from the literature on adult literacy and sorted under themes that emerged from our reading. The operational team will be meeting on Thursday the 23rd of September to discuss these and other potential theme areas and to discuss questions for the pilot of the interviews, aimed to be completed by the end of September. From here, we will then meet again to discuss any modifications that are deemed necessary and the interviews will begin.


Identification of Participants and Non-Participants

We have finalised the criteria by which we wish to define our sample for the in-depth interviews. While there are some essential characteristics that members of our sample must have, the majority of the make-up is determined by the identifying agencies themselves. Those who are identifying participants for example, would look at what was representative of the adult literacy participants they knew or worked with, and would then build their contribution to the sample based on these representative characteristics. For example, if eighty percent of the adult literacy participants in a particular programme or course were male, than eight out of the ten participants identified to approach, would ideally be male.


Identification of non-participants includes finding those people who either need to or would like to improve their literacy skills, but have never attended any literacy programme. We propose to locate those who wish to participate through either provider agency records (of those who did not wish to continue after initial assessment), snowballing techniques, or the community phone survey questionnaire (where 75% of respondents stated they would be interested in being contacted at a later date to potentially participate in another aspect of the study).


Self-Reflective Questionnaire

The self-reflective questionnaire is a list of questions developed by Associate Professor Frank Sligo. These questions explore the perceived working relationships between Massey University and the community and vice versa, as well as the perception of each member of the project team on the research itself. The aim of this questionnaire is to capture changes in perceptions of the research and changes in perceptions of relationships between different members of the project team over time. To this end, this questionnaire will be responded to by each team member at regular intervals over the next 3.5 years.




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