Основан в 1907 году
в России и за рубежом
The definition employed by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics sees functional literacy as a level of reading, writing, and calculation skills sufficient to function in the particular community in which an individual lives. The term became associated with a definition of literacy as a functional skill. The field of public health is interested in functional literacy for two reasons. First, public health professionals are increasingly aware that low functional literacy is a barrier to health communications; and second, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute for Child Health and Development now urges pediatricians to pay attention to the literacy development of their patients. This article identifies sources that help public health professionals understand functional literacy and approaches to assessing it from the point of view of literacy scholars, and this provides a foundation for understanding the use of this term in public health.