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Literacy There is no universal definition of literacy. It can be defined as simply as "the ability to read and write" or more broadly as "a complex web of reading, writing, speaking, listening, problem solving, creative thinking and numeracy skills." (NZ Ministry of Education, 2001 Adult Literacy Strategy) For the purposes of ReAL when we talk about literacy we mean reading and writing and, in particular, how learners use and understand written texts. This follows the definition from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) (1995) which says that literacy is "... the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities, at home, at work and in the community - to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."
This collection comprises extracts from ABC news, current affairs and science programs dealing with topical scientific and technological issues confronting the environment. It features the work of Australian scientists in investigating and tackling some of the country's significant environmental issues - climate change, water availability and quality, biodiversity and sustainability. There are also clips illustrating how scientists in other parts of the world are dealing with similar problems. › View Collection