Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
This annual survey provides a look at Canadians’ opinions, beliefs and experiences with learning across the lifespan. The 2008 edition covers four learning domains: early childhood learning; structured learning at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels; work-related adult learning; and health-related learning.
Within each of the four domains, questions were designed to elicit information on a variety of topics, including child-care arrangements; access to post-secondary education; participation in work-related training; and sources of health-care information.
The survey was designed by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) in consultation with Statistics Canada, which administered the survey on behalf of CCL. A total of 5,488 Canadians aged 18 to 74 were surveyed by Statistics Canada. All respondents had previously participated in Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. Canadians living in institutions, on reserves, or in the northern territories were not included in the sample.
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.
Series: 2006 Census ABE/Literacy Kit
The ABE Enrichment Instructor's Guide provides information for instructors working with adult learners, particularly Adult Basic Education (ABE) and ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. The information was developed to complement information in the
ABE Instructor's Guide and ABE Learner Handbook.
Series: 2006 Census ABE/Literacy Kit
This ABE Learner Handbook is part of the 2006 Census ABE/Literacy Kit.
It has information regarding the 2006 Census, such as:
- What is a Census?
- Why do we have a Census?
- How does it work?
- What questions will be on the questionnaire?
Handbook for Literacy Instructors, A
Authors: Maurice C. Taylor
This handbook, based on a project funded by the National Literacy Secretariat, is built around the idea that action research can help change literacy practices as instructors actually become researchers.
In the first section of the document, the author describes action research as a type of practice-based research. The author outlines two models that can be used in conducting an action research project and then discusses the major steps in identifying a problem.
The second part of the document presents eight action research projects written up as case studies. In the third part of the handbook, readers can find information needed to carry out their own action research projects.
In this paper, the authors present 15 indicators of participation in adult education as part of their analysis of the results of the International Adult Literacy Survey, a 22-country initiative conducted between 1994 and 1998 to determine how well adults used printed information to function in society. The 15 indicators described here allow readers to compare the functioning of training markets in North America with those in of other advanced countries.
This document has three main chapters supplemented by five appendices and begins with a "Summary and Highlights" section.
Return on Apprenticeship Training Investment for Employers - A Study of 15 Trades
Authors: Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
This study, commissioned by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), examines the costs and benefits to employers of apprenticeship training.
The study involved a national survey of employers across 15 trade areas, carried out in 2005-2006. The trades included automotive service technician; bricklayer; carpenter; construction electrician; cook; heavy duty equipment technician; millwright; insulator; machinist; mobile crane operator; motor vehicle body repairer; refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic; sheet metal worker; sprinkler system installer; and tool and die maker.
According to the cost-benefit analysis presented in this report, apprenticeship training is a worthwhile investment, returning on average $1.38 for each $1 invested in an apprentice.
Roundtable discussions with employers backed up the accuracy of the cost-benefit analysis. However, the authors note that organizational and regional differences will affect the applicability of the results.
A Report on Pre-employment Testing Practices - Part 1 and Part 2
This report is based on a research project that analyzed five pre-employment tests to determine the skill level required to complete them successfully. Three of the tests were commercially available ones, while the others had been prepared in-house by individual employers. All were being used by employers in eastern Ontario.
In particular, the researchers were interested in how well the tests assessed Essential Skills (ES) and whether they demanded an ES level beyond the ability of an entry-level candidate.
The project also involved a review of literature about pre-employment testing.
Based on their findings, the authors encourage employers to choose pre-employment tests carefully to make sure the skills being tested match the skills required for the job in question. They urge employers not to rely solely on such tests to screen would-be employees, but to use them simply as part of the selection process.
They also point out that pre-employment testing is on the rise, a fact that has important implications for literacy practitioners. Instructors must ensure that adult learners develop test-taking skills as well as literacy skills.
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.
Authors: Saskatchewan Literacy Network
This document is the result of Task Force efforts and input from the field. It represents a Best Program Practices foundation for adult literacy in Saskatchewan and provides an opportunity for programs to reflect on their current initiatives, identify strengths and plan further improvements.