Series: Learning Throughout Life
This policy centres on four main orientations that are closely related and that define priorities for action:
* to provide basic education for adults
* to maintain and continually upgrade adults’ competencies
* to acknowledge prior learning and competencies through official recognition
* to remove obstacles to access and retention
Authors: Patricia A. Gouthro
This paper explores a study on lifelong learning, citizenship, and participation in community-based organizations in Canada. Specifically, the research focused on the contributions grassroots organizations make to Canadian society; the kinds of relationships that exist between grassroots organizations, government, and other organizations; and the gender differences in citizen participation.
The study included a literature review; case studies of six community based organizations across Canada; semi-structured interviews with key informants; and analysis of the data to categorize the results.
The researchers found that family, work, and community, as well as different expectations according to life stages, all shape the involvement of individuals in volunteer organizations and community groups.
The author notes that there are concerns that volunteerism may be declining. Government, organizations, and individual Canadians may have different ideas on what it means to be an active citizen. Many citizens are “active” in terms of making contributions to the community through volunteer work and fundraising, but they do not usually become engaged as “active citizens" in campaigning for broader social and political changes unless the organization has an advocacy mandate.
Effective ABE/Literacy Instructors
This research document examines the question, “What makes an effective ABE/Literacy instructor?” It documents the thoughts, feelings, strategies and techniques of some effective literacy/ABE instructors in British Columbia. Recommendations are also presented, intended to help institutions offering ABE/Literacy programs and ABE/Literacy practitioners, groups planning a research project, and funders.
Series: Adult Working Group
In June 2005, the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) held a Health and Learning Knowledge Centre (HLKC) consultation in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the consultation, participants agreed to establish six working groups to address the work of HLKC. These working groups address life stages in health and learning and concentrate on settings, places, and communities where health and learning takes place.
The purpose of the Health and Learning Environmental Scan:2006 is to identify current knowledge initiatives and knowledge dissemination vehicles related to health and adult learning. The Scan focuses on the three central themes of the HLKC and the five priority areas of the adult working groups. The Scan also includes an appendix of important recommendations for the future and other information generated by participants before, during, and after the HLKC Vancouver Consultation in June 2005.
This is the abstract for a research project, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), aimed at testing the use of video and illustrations by health professionals when talking to seniors about their diet.
The project was carried out by researchers at Université Laval in Quebec.
The authors note that in Quebec, as in the rest of Canada, 80 percent of seniors rank among the two population groups with the lowest levels of literacy, suggesting that they need help to understand and take action with regard to their health.
Work in Progress
Authors: Priscilla George
The "holistic approach" helps develop a range of skills for improving one's quality of life, more than just reading and writing. In 1996, the author developed the Rainbow Approach to Literacy, which uses each colour to represent a different type of aboriginal literacy. The article discusses the holistic/rainbow approach, and provides information and statistics about aboriginal literacy in Canada.
Women's Education des femmes, August 1984 - Vol. 3, No. 1
Authors: Margaret Gillett
This article concerns an event that took place 100 years before this article was written. Late in the summer of 1884, Donald A. Smith offered McGill $50,000 for the higher education of women. Within a month, more than twenty women were registered at McGill.
Women's Education des femmes, Spring 1988 - Vol. 6, No. 2
This article is about Wives' Tales Story Tellers, a partnership of two women who, at the time the article was written, had been telling stories together for almost four years. They began working on a Canada Council Grant, telling stories to old people in hospitals and homes. They continued story-telling in schools, museums, art galleries at concerts and at celebrations of all sorts.
Forum reflections report
Series: In from the margins
This report provides a detailed account and analysis of a two-day forum entitled “In From the Margins: Promising Practices and Possibilities for Health and Learning,” held in Richmond, B.C., in March 2009.
The authors say they hope this report can be a resource for other organizations trying to address the health of marginalized adults and their families.
There is a companion piece to this document, entitled “In From the Margins: Promising Practices and Possibilities From a Working Forum for Health, Literacy and Early Childhood Professionals.” That document includes more than 30 promising practices submitted and approved by delegates who attended the two-day forum.
Working Towards Consistency
This document outlines the research and conclusions drawn concerning the policies and procedures in place in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Programs in Ontario colleges. The goal of this initiative was to identify areas of consistency across current LBS college policies and procedures and develop samples that reflect that consistency.