This toolkit is designed for practitioners who may feel intimidated at the prospect of integrating research into a program.
The authors begin by defining “research in practice” simply as using the evidence of research and applying it in some way to one’s own experience and “research integration” as using the knowledge of the research.
In the second chapter, the authors set out six stages of research integration: awareness; information gathering; impact reflection; preparing for change; program implementation; and collaboration and exploration.
They also provide strategies for research integration and include a set of tools and templates to help at all stages of integration.
This guide grew out of a project entitled "From the Ground Up: A Research-in-Practice Approach to Outcome-Oriented Program Evaluation," undertaken in British Columbia.
The authors explain that the guide was originally intended to be an informal introduction to measurement in literacy practice. As they wrote, they found themselves thinking more about the complexities of literacy itself and the essence of literacy practice.
As a result, the guide became a conversation for practitioners and tutors in adult literacy settings about the nature of literacy and the implications for practice. It is intended as a professional development tool that will encourage reflection about how literacy and literacy progress are defined.
The authors present the material mainly through dialogue balloons, similar to those seen in comic books or graphic novels.
They have included a list of websites that provide information and resources relevant to the guide’s recurring themes.
Prepared by Jean Rasmussen of Literacy BC, this Framework is intended as a guide to promote good practice and provide support and information to the many individuals and groups involved in family literacy
This document was prepared in 1999 by a team of family literacy stakeholders led by Literacy BC and the Provincial Family Literacy Working Group – Training and Standards Sub-Committee. The framework is intended to promote good practice and provide support and information to the wide range of individuals and groups involved with family literacy throughout British Columbia. The document includes a definition of family literacy and statements of the goals and values of family literacy in B.C. The Statements of Best Practice section presents a list of 16 factors that contribute to best practice in family literacy, from philosophy and planning to resources and language diversity. The Standards of Best Practice section reworks those 16 factors into a checklist to provide an evaluation tool for program planning and development.
Tools for Community-Based Adult Literacy and Basic Education Programs
The NWT Literacy Council has created a comprehensive framework of best practices that encourages literacy providers to reflect on their practice and learn from others. The framework has three tools:
1. A self-assessment tool for programs
2. A resource of practical ideas to help support best practices
3. Examples of best practices in action in NWT programs
The self-assessment tool for programs consists of 17 best practice statements, followed by several key elements and indicators. Each statement describes a key concept that we have identified as integral to effective programs from current research and from practitioners in the field in the NWT and elsewhere. The best practice statements include the following topics such as philosophy, program planning, program evaluation, program accessibility and instruction.
Essential Skills for Life, Learning and Work, National Version
This publication is related to Human Resources Development Canada's Applications of Working and Learning (AWAL) project, a national, professional development project for educators. It is part of a student-focused bilingual AWAL project that was developed as a way to bring the Essential Skills research, not just to teachers, but also to students. This project involved developing a classroom resource that exposes students in Grades 7-12 to the theory behind the Essential Skills so that this language becomes meaningful, informative and commonplace. In its design, the resource ensures that students will not just hear it and speak it; they will live it and experience it through continued, deliberate, and explicit practice and application.
This student-focused AWAL resource book was designed as a graduated AWAL experience for students in Grades 7-12. It is divided into four sections: introductory, beginner, intermediate, and expert.
Authors: Liz Devries
This website review from CONNECT describes how the Canada Post website can be used as an educational resource.
Series: Miramichi Literacy Writers
This booklet was written in clear language and is suitable for adult new readers. It is part of a series of 24 booklets by Miramichi Literacy Writers. Some of the other titles include:
Ferry Boats of Days Gone By
The Irish of the Miramichi
Native Peoples of the Miramichi
Old Lumber Camps on the Miramichi
The Dungarvon Whooper
This book documents the challenges that face two Learners (Darren and Angele) as they must balance their employment responsibilities as well as their studies at Prospects Literacy Association. It is intended for adult educators who work in the field of literacy. With the book are Facilitator's Notes that suggest a variety of reading and writing activities for beginning readers.
A collaborative project between Prospects Literacy Association and Edmonton Recycling Society. The focus of the project has been the experiences of two adults who are involved in a basic literacy program and who are employed as sorters at Edmonton Recycling Society.