A Developmental Model
Many adults lack sufficient literacy skills for technical training and successful career progression. Because of the crucial
role that literacy plays in instruction and job performance information regarding the nature of literacy skills and their
development is needed. Such information should prove useful in the development of literacy training programs, and in the
development of more effective and/or efficient methods for imparting knowledge by the spoken or printed word.
Because several recent reviews of the scientific literature on reading and language skills failed to uncover many salient
facts for use in guiding literacy research or development of literacy training programs, it was felt that the present review
should be guided by a theory or model which could provide a rationale for sorting, sifting, and interpreting various research
studies. Accordingly, a simple model of the development of oracy and literacy skills was developed, and literature was
reviewed and synthesized within the framework of the model.
The health-literacy connection
Authors: Doris E. Gillis
Have you ever left your doctor's office confused by the advice you were just given? At some time or other, most of us have felt limited in our knowledge and understanding of information related to our health.
Health literacy is a new concept that links our level of literacy with our ability to act upon health information and, ultimately, take control of our health. It builds upon the idea that both health and literacy are critical resources for everyday living.
Addressing health literacy means breaking down the barriers to health that low literacy creates
"The Boys' and Girls' Literacy: Closing the Gap" project is unique in that it aims to develop strategies that would particularly have a positive impact on boys' literacy. This holds substantial merit in that the strategies and methodologies selected to address the literacy performance of boys would not disadvantage girls. These strategies included literature circles, male mentors, and providing boy-friendly reading materials. The researchers based these decisions on current research in the fields of literacy and reading; gender and literacy; psychology; and curriculum.
This report uses data from the International Study of Reading Skills to describe in depth the reading abilities of the least-skilled adult readers in society and to identify the basic reading profiles of these adults, based on their strengths and needs in reading. The goal is to supply policy makers, researchers and practitioners with new information useful for making decisions about how to plan and deliver appropriate and efficient reading instruction for different adult learners.
This report consists of the following five chapters and a several annexes.
Chapter 1 - Purpose, theories and methods
Chapter 2 - Demographic profiles of Canadians with low literacy proficiency
Chapter 3 - Theoretical considerations underlying the reading components
Chapter 4 - The relationship between reading components and literacy proficiency
Chapter 5 - Conclusions and implications for public policy and instruction
On June 3, 2005, Sue Turner, on behalf of the Western Canada Workplace Essential Skills Training Network (WWestnet), welcomed delegates to Measuring Success: International Comparisons and Bottom Lines. Sue explained that the conference sessions would feature the preliminary findings of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) and
would also review the findings of the first International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003.
There are different purposes for reading leading to various levels of complexity. Complexity is based on how much processing of information is required to arrive at an accurate outcome. These levels range from level 1 (the least complex) reading relatively short texts to locating a single piece of information to level 5 (the most complex) interpreting dense and complex texts and making high-level inferences and using specialized knowledge.
Authors: Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
The document "Report Card", published by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, is an overview of the IALSS, released in 2005.
The main themes of the document are:
- Labour Market Outcomes
- Industry Sectors
- Incidence of Low Proficiency
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
Thomas Sticht, an International Consultant in Adult Education, offers comments on the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey.
Authors: Movement for Canadian Literacy
This press release from the Movement for Canadian Literacy regarding the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALLSS) which reveals serious cracks in Canada's literacy foundation with as many as 4 in 10 Canadian adults below the skill level considered necessary to thrive in today's knowledge society.
Success in today's world demands continuous learning, and the study confirms that millions are being left behind.
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
The author writes on "Why is it so hard to get funding for adult literacy education"?
He explains that innumerable studies, reports, TV shows, and statistical surveys in most of the industrialized nations of the world declare that their nation is being brought to its economic knees because of widespread low basic skills (literacy, numeracy) amongst the adult population. But repeated calls for funding commensurate with the size of the problem go unanswered. Why?