Literacy and social inclusion: community based teaching to adult learners – a new research project

compressedIn July 2013 A Place to Belong began an exciting new research project in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology.

People with mental health problems, learning difficulties and poor literacy and numeracy are at risk of social exclusion including homelessness. They often lack opportunities for education and employment. Academic research has demonstrated a link between literacy and numeracy and social inclusion, however the ways in which literacy can help with social inclusion are not well understood. The Reading and Writing Group is embedded in an agency (APTB) that supports social inclusion and we suspect that this relationship is critical. This year long study will evaluate the service and look carefully at what makes it work or gets in the way of success. It is hoped that one of the outcomes will be a model that can be applied more broadly across other human services

The research is being conducted by Prof Greg Marston of the School of Public Health and Social Work of QUT, and Dr. Jeffrey Johnson-Abdelmalik who is also the Service Improvement Coordinator of APTB.

Anglicare has provided administrative support to the project and also contributes to its review and monitoring.