Collection: Research Materials
The years from 1994 to 2005 were marked by International Literacy Year, declared by UNESCO in 1990. Although numerous groups from community and educational settings had already conducted research in the field of literacy and
literacy education, the international action brought about a new wave of activity in this field of study. Canada played a key role in the international surveys and, as such, supported research efforts in every setting. The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) (Statistics Canada, 1995) and International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) (Murray, Clermont and Binkley, 2005) provided and continue to provide invaluable information to the field of study. In particular, the Canadian government's promotion of literacy was given concrete expression through the creation of the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) which played an important role in funding the research studies indexed in the RÉCRAF.
In 2005, CDÉACF received a funding grant from NLS so that it could offer the research community and literacy education workers a summary overview of the French-language adult literacy research, as illustrated by the RÉCRAF database. This report, which covers the research indexed from 1994 to mid-June 2005, sets out the results of that summary work. The purpose of this summary is to better support Canadian and other researchers in continued thought about the research-related strategies, topics, contexts and partnerships to be developed.