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.
Authors: Lisa Hagedorn
The project Survey of Resources for Teachers of Adult Numeracy aimed to contribute to the process of improving adult numeracy teaching in Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs, by connecting teachers with resources. The first element of the project, the questionnaire, was designed to identify the resources that were most needed by teachers. Some questions in the questionnaire asked teachers directly what they feel they needed, while other questions sought to find this out indirectly, by asking teachers to describe their adult numeracy teaching and learning situations. The questionnaire had forty-five questions, and was administered to seventeen LBS teachers in Ottawa-Carleton. This document contains the teachers' compiled responses to the questionnaire, and will be used to help publicize existing high-quality adult numeracy resources and to suggest appropriate new adult numeracy resources to be developed.
Authors: National Literacy Secretariat (NLS)
This report attempts to capture the debate and discussion that took place on June 11 and 12, 1997 in Ottawa, on workplace literacy. The NLS is working with its partners to create significant projects that will make a difference in the area of workplace literacy. As a first step, they convened a meeting of their partners who have experience in the area of workplace literacy. The objective of this meeting was to develop a list of priorities for workplace literacy practitioners, researchers in the area, workplace literacy coordinators and provincial/territorial government representatives.
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
Toll free in BC: 1-800-663-1293
Women's Education des femmes, Winter 1993 - Vol. 10, No. 3/4
Authors: Pat Armstrong
This questionnaire was intended to test the reader's knowledge of the connections between training, education and employment for women in the 1990's. At the end of the questionnaires, answers are presented, along with a number of conclusions, such as: lack of education and training could not explain rising unemployment, nor could unemployment (and under-employment) be solved with more education and training; the labour force was becoming feminized—that is, men's jobs were becoming more like women's jobs; i.e., less pay, more part-time work.
Deciding whether or not to introduce a computer-based system into an adult literacy program elicits many questions. Does the approach used by the technology support the educational goals and philosophy of the unit? What changes occur in classroom practices? What will be the effects on the learners? Is the expense of setting up a computer-based system worth it? If trouble arises, who is there to help?
These guidelines are intended to assist potential purchasers as they consider the acquisition of a computer-based adult literacy system.
This publication is based on a report by Mary L. Crowley, Technology Analyst.
Results of a National Research Study
Authors: Ellen Long
In 1994, ABC CANADA initiated the LEARN campaign, a national media campaign aimed at linking potential literacy learners with literacy groups. Throughout the campaign, ABC CANADA gathered information from selected literacy groups about the effect of the LEARN ads. This study is the first systematic national attempt to measure the impact of the LEARN campaign.
This 97-page report is the result of research done with potential literacy learners by numerous literacy groups throughout the country, and coordinated by ABC CANADA. The findings show that the LEARN campaign is having a strong influence in every province of Canada, ranging from 32% of phone calls in Manitoba, to 59% of calls in B.C. The report also provides demographic information about who calls literacy groups in Canada; for example, 88% of potential learners were between 16 and 44 years of age, and 36% of potential learners were unemployed. These various statistics are shown in a series of tables and figures. The publication is intended for literacy practitioners and administrators, and it presents valuable information on referral services in the literacy field.
This document is available at a cost of $7, from ABC CANADA, 1450 Don Mills Road, Don Mills, ON M3B 2X7, Tel. (416) 442-2292, Fax (416) 442-2293.
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.
Authors: Patricia Nutter
This research examines literacy initiatives in Canadian municipalities, presents case studies on several of the initiatives, examines the role of partnerships to support and deliver the literacy programs in the municipal workplace, and makes recommendations for future action.
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.