Authors: Audrey M Thomas
This landmark study of the early 1980s provides a useful glimpse of the "state of the art" at that time. This publication addresses issues facing a substantial number of Canadians, the illiterate and the seriously-undereducated.
Outcomes of a Province-Wide Consultation
Authors: Stacey Huget
This document outlines a province-wide consultation process that took place throughout British Columbia from September, 2000 to August, 2001. It is a comprehensive sense of what British Columbians thought and believed about “literacy and lifelong learning”.
Southam Literacy Report, The
Authors: Peter Calamai
This booklet contains articles about literacy that originally appeared in newspapers across Canada during September, 1987. Many are based on the extensive findings of a national literacy survey of 2,398 Canadian adults commissioned by Southam Inc. While the survey provided the first real statistic about the state of literacy in the country, interviews with more than 100 literacy workers and learners also put a human face on a problem that affects one in four adults.
Enhancing literacy levels in the workplace improves bottom-line performance for Canada's employers and gives employers a better chance for success in their careers. The Results of the Conference Board of Canada's study, The Economic Benefits of Improving Literacy Skills in the Workplace, demonstrate that there are clear economic benefits for both employers and employees in improving workplace literacy. The findings contained in this Conference Briefing and in the research report, show that employers enhance the performance of their businesses in a wide variety of way that strengthen the bottom line, and employees are better able to succeed in the workplace when their literacy skills improve.
These findings are significant for both business and individuals. In the past, choices about investing in literacy were often made without having the right information to make the best- informed decision. Today, however, there is growing recognition that literacy is such a critical factor in corporate and personal success that it demands greater consideration and understanding. Employers are beginning to pay more attention to the potential impact of literacy on their business success, and employees are asking themselves to what extent literacy skill levels affect their own personal success and economic well being. This study clearly shows that they should be even more attentive to the literacy issue than they are today.
Literacy is important because it affects our human resource capability. A nation's human resource capability is the key to future competitiveness in an age when barriers to trade are disappearing, capital can be moved quickly, and natural resources are comparatively lowly valued. As a major trading nation, Canada's companies face significant competition in the marketplace. Globalization means that companies are increasingly faced with stiff international competition at home and abroad. Canada has traditionally enjoyed a comparative advantage in workforce skills over many of its competitors. However, recent rapid advances in the literacy skills of employees in other countries threaten our advantage; the competitiveness and profitability of our businesses are at risk. At the same time, the growing complexity of jobs in Canadian workplaces heightens the demands being placed on Canadian workers. For many, the literacy skills that earlier enabled them to do their jobs effectively are no longer sufficient for them to perform adequately today. Workers need to continuously acquire new skills and qualifications to succeed in modern workplaces.
Authors: Marcia Drew Hohn
Recent studies have established connections between low literacy, poor health, and early death. In today's health care system, health education and promotion are mainly carried out through print materials written at a tenth grade or higher reading level. Therefore, the group that needs health education and promotion the most is the group least likely to be able to access it.
This report explores one idea for health education and promotion with low literacy audiences -- including health education in adult literacy programs. The research team identified and investigated the problems around health education for low literacy groups, designed and took action to address these problems, and assessed what was learned and what needed to be shared with others.
Authors: Audrey M Thomas
This resource includes the following:
- Information on who are the low-literate adults?
- What is literacy and why is it important in our society?
- Why do low-literate adults not participate in programs?
- What participants say about coming to adult basic literacy programs?
- And what about dropouts?
- Learner recruitment and retention
- Useful resources
Series: Best Practice and Innovations
Authors: Patricia Hatt
This document deals with adults who have learning disabilities. Different aspects of the concept of learning disabilities are presented in this manual in simple terms. True stories of adults with learning difficulties contribute to the different parts of the manual. There are also many references to books, videos and websites that people can have access to for more information.
The goal of this series is to provide important information on three topics of high priority to the literacy community and to highlight new, innovative, and successful practice relevant to LBS-funded agencies across Ontario.
Working Papers in Literacy Series
Authors: Chris Abbott
This is the fourth paper published by The Centre for Literacy in its Working Papers in Literacy series which present new perspectives on literacy-related issues relevant to researchers, to practitioners and to policy-makers. The author touches on some of the major issues relation to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and literacy, which have until now been treated as separate subjects. He argues for a convergence of the two and recommends that government agencies coordinate their visions instead of sending contradictory messages to teachers and students.
A Cross-sector Investigation of Best Practices in LBS Numeracy
Authors: Barbara Glass
This manual of relevant research and best practices with reference to adult numeracy programming, both in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs in Ontario and elsewhere in the world, was the result of the Numeracy Best Practices Project. It provides recognition of what is working well in Ontario and awareness of what other countries are addressing in their adult numeracy programs, thereby providing a comparative basis for further development in LBS numeracy programming.