Volume 9 Issue 2 (2020)

Adult Literacy as Part of Literacy Campaign

pp. 79-91  |  Published Online: December 2020  |  DOI: 10.22521/unibulletin.2020.92.1

Secil Eda Ozkayran and Aslihan Yetis Abali


Literacy expresses the ability to understand and perform ordinary and simple actions in daily life. Therefore, being literate is necessary and important in every field for individuals to survive. The main purpose of the study was to reveal the importance of literacy in adult education within the scope of the literacy campaign started in 2018. Phenomenological design, as a form of qualitative research, was utilized in the study. The study group consisted of 24 adults participating in the literacy campaign in the city center of Bartin and at surrounding schools. Data was collected through interviews held with the participants. Data analysis was performed based on content analysis. When the data obtained was examined, the participants were observed to express that they had quite difficulty in running their errands in daily life and maintain their lives depending on other people since they were illiterate. It was also observed that illiteracy had adverse effects on adult psychology. Moreover, the study revealed that literacy is an ability which provides convenience in every phase of life.

Keywords: Adult Education, Literacy, Literacy Campaign


Alica, Z. (2015).  Kadinlarin Guclendirilmesinde Okuma-yazma Egitiminin Kadinlarin Deneyimlerine Dayali Olarak Incelenmesi. Unpublished Master Thesis, Ankara University, Ankara.

Anameric, H. and Rukanci, F. (2015). Importance of Philatelic Materials on Advertising of Children’s Literature in Turkey and Turcic States. Journal of Faculty of Letters, 32(2).

Babayigit, O. and Gokce, A. (2018). Investigation of Illiterate Adults’ Reasons for Learning Literacy. Journal of Mother Tongue Education, 6(3), 813-826. https://doi.org/10.16916/aded.432207.

Bilir, M. (2005). An evaluation of education (the literacy) campaigns in terms of the adult education in Turkey. Ankara University, Journal of Faculty of Educational Sciences, 38(2), 103-125.

Bulut, S. F. (2015). Ana-Kiz Okuldayiz Okuma-Yazma Kampanyasina Iliskin Bir Cozumleme. Unpublished Master Thesis, Ankara University, Ankara. 

Buyukozturk, S., Kilic Cakmak, E., Akgun, O. E., Karadeniz, S. and Demirel, F. (2016). Bilimsel arastirma yontemleri. (21. Edition). Ankara: Pegem Akademi.

Duman, A. (2007). Yetiskinler Egitimi. (2. Edition). Ankara: Utopya Yayinevi. 

Geray, C. (2002). Halk Egitimi. Ankara: Imaj Yayinevi.

Gokce, N. (2016). “Kadinlarin Okuma-Yazma Kurslarina Katilmama Nedenleri ve Karsilastiklari Gucluklerle Bas Etme Stratejileri”, Published Master Thesis, Ankara University, Ankara.

Gul, G. (2007). Role of Family Involvement Literacy Process. Ankara University Faculty of Educational Sciences Journal of Special Education, 8 (1) 17-30.

Gunes, F. (1992). Yetiskinlere Okuma-Yazma Ogretimi. Ankara: Yaygin Egitim Enstitusu. 

Kellner, D. (2000) New Technologies/New Literacies: Reconstructing education for the new millennium. Teaching Education, 11:3, 245-265. https://doi.org/10.1080/713698975.

Kilic, F. (2017). Teaching The New Turkish Alphabet Through Non-Formal Training. Ankara Universitesi Turk Inkilâp Tarihi Enstitusu Ataturk Yolu Dergisi, 61/Guz, 207-248.

Kilinc, M. (2018). Reflections of the Millet Mektepler According to the Cumhuriyet Gazetesi of 1929 Education Activities. International Journal of Social Science Research, 7(1), 93-102.

Miser, R. (2002). Kuresellesen dunyada yetiskin egitimi. Ankara University, Journal of Faculty of Educational Sciences, 35 (1-2), 55-60. https://doi.org/10.1501/Egifak_0000000054.

OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). (2020). http://www.oecd.org/education/skills-beyond-school/adult-learning-and-basic-skills.htm Retrieved on: 08.05.2020 

Okcabol, R. (2006). Halk Egitimi:(Yetiskin Egitimi). Istanbul: Utopya Yayinevi.

Onal, I. (2010). Lifelong Learning and Literacy in Process of Historical Change: A Turkish Experience. Information World, 11 (1), 101-121.

Oz, M. F. (2002). Turkiye Cumhuriyeti’nde Okuma-Yazma Seferberlikleri ve Yonetimi. Eskisehir: Anadolu Universitesi Yayinlari. 

TUIK (Turkish Statistical Institute) (2020). https://data.tuik.gov.tr/Kategori/GetKategori?p=Egitim,-Kultur,-Spor-ve-Turizm-105 Retrieved on: 08.05.2020 

UNESCO (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) (1985). https://www.unesco.org.tr/  Retrieved on: 10.05.2020 

Yildirim, A. and Simsek, H. (2011). Sosyal Bilimlerde Nitel Arastirma Yontemleri. (8th Edition). Ankara: Seckin Yayincilik. 

Yildiz, A. (2010). A Research on Mathematics Skills of Adults Attending First Stage Literacy Courses. Education and Science, 35(158), 28-43. 



► New issue coming soon! (Volume 13 Issue 1, 2024)

Call for Papers

UNIBULLETIN is calling for submissions. Authors are invited to submit papers from the all fields of the Education (General) and Social Sciences (General) in the international context. All submissions should be presented only in English.