Authors: Jenny Horsman
How do experiences of violence affect learning? How can educators support
those who have been through violence to learn successfully? After many years
looking at these questions as they apply to women in adult literacy programs,
the author began research to focus on youth2 . She wanted to deepen her understanding of the complex picture of how violence affects learning, and to examine how school responses played a part in creating this picture. Most importantly, she wanted to look for ways to strengthen the possibilities of supporting learning for youth in high schools and in youth literacy and training programs.
This report focuses on the words of the interviewees, particularly the youth—both
in school and out of school—and what they tell educators and others working
in educational programs about what we can do to support learning.
Authors: Jenny Horsman
The author sought to learn more about how violence affects learning by interviewing young people who are currently struggling with learning, either within or outside the school system. She explored how responses to trauma support or limit learning possibilities by interviewing young people and professionals engaged in the school system and in other education for youth.
This report is comprised of the interviews, which were taped and extracts transcribed. Only repetitions, “mmmms” and “aaahs” have been removed. Spoken language has not been edited to create a written format except where interviewees preferred to edit their words. All interviews are included in italics to draw attention to these words of wisdom.
Richmond County Literacy Network Strategic Development Plan
Authors: David Fullerton
This report is an examination of labour market employability in Richmond County, Nova Scotia. It addresses the labour market issues of high unemployment and unfilled jobs or unrealized employment opportunities in Richmond County.
This document is also available in French.
Prospect Point Consulting Inc.(PPCI) was retained by the First Steps Steering Committee to assist it in conducting research into the feasibility and affordability of establishing a national electronic collaboration and conferencing system for the Canadian literacy community. This report details the research undertaken by PPCI and the results of that research.
The First Steps research and recommendations represent an important milestone in the development of a literacy electronic infrastructure for the Canadian literacy field.
For more information about First Steps, contact:
601-510 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8
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The Peer Leadership-Empowerment Model: Impacts And Outcomes—An Exploratory Study
Authors: Marcia Drew Hohn
This exploratory study was undertaken by the author as part of a sabbatical project. The purpose of the report is to document the peer leadership model of health education developed in Massachusetts, and the impacts and outcomes of years of work using this empowerment model.
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
In this article, the author discusses the adult education and literacy system in the United States and how, after forty years, it is still separate from the K-12 system and higher education systems and still unequal in funding, facilities, instructional staff, and social acceptance.
A Profile of the Quad Counties in the Strait Region
Authors: Patty Cave
Issues, Trends, Supports and Resources: A Profile of the Quad Counties in the Strait Region, is "Phase One of the Partners & Pathways Two Project". The research
compiled in this document will provide background information for Phase 2 -- a
Spring Forum scheduled for May 26, 2004. The Forum, Partners & Pathways...Bridging the Skills Gap will allow participants to discuss the issues, trends, supports and resources leading to the development of an action plan to address the skills and labour market challenges facing the Strait Region. The action plan will constitute Phase 3 of the process and Phase 4, the final component, will establish a strategy for the implementation of the action plan developed from the Forum.
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
The author discusses a report, the “U.S. Department of Education (2003). The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act: Program Year 2001-2002: Report to Congress on State Performance. Office of Vocational and Adult Education.”
Breakfast of Champions - What a Nation can do ...
Authors: Barry Brooks
This is a presentation given by the author at a conference in British Columbia. The author, Deputy Director, Standards and Achievement and Acting Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit, Department for Education and Skills in the U.K. Government, gives an overview of the U.K. Government's strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills. He describes it as more than an economic argument--it is about social inclusion and ensuring that those most at risk of social exclusion are better able to lead full, active, meaningful and purposeful lives at home, at work, within their communities and families and in society as a whole.