Authors: Workplace Education Manitoba
The results from a round of TOWES at a Winnipeg aerospace company in 2007 spoke loudly and clearly. Essential Skills refresher training works. After just six months of Essential Skills training, one group's pass rate on the test was 55 per cent higher than those without the refresher, while the second group's pass rate was 100 per cent higher.
This guide helps assess your students proficiency in the following literacy skills. It also includes answer sheets for literacy practitioners.
- An Initial Interview Guide
- Literacy Skills Testing (LBS 1-3)
- Literacy Skills Testing (LBS 4-5)
- Numeracy Skills Testing (LBS 1-3)
- Numeracy Skills Testing (LBS 4-5)
- Oral Assessment 1
- Oral Assessment 2
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.
Series: ViewPoints 2002
Authors: Canadian Labour and Business Centre
This biennial survey was the fourth in a series initiated in 1996, and provides an opportunity to assess how the perspectives of these leaders on key issues have changed over six years. The 2002 survey received an 20% response rate, normal for surveys of this type.
This report summarizes key findings on healthy workplace practices from the Canadian Labour and Business Centre’s (CLBC) Viewpoints 2002 Survey. Research on the determinants and costs of workplace diseases supports the notion, expressed in the 2000 Viewpoints Survey by business and labour leaders, that psycho-social factors such as morale, trust and good working relationships play an important role in maintaining or improving workplace health, and that their absence can be costly.
Part I - Essential Skills & Employability Skills, Part II - PLAR
The Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee (WEMSC) funded a project to develop and pilot an entry-level curriculum for essential skills and employability skills for heavy equipment operators (HEOs) and skilled labourers. This report discusses the program development, participant selection, pilot deliveries, project evaluation, and recommendations for future application with prior learning strategies.
Authors: Canadian Labour and Business Centre
This project’s overall goal is "to develop a community-based strategy aimed at facilitating the accreditation and integration of internationally-trained workers into the Ottawa economy." The report looks at workplace barriers facing foreign-trained workers and offers some strategies and solutions to help integrate skilled workers, new to Canada, into the labour market.
Authors: Goforth Consulting
Learner Skill Attainment (LSA) was a large-scale research initiative, spearheaded by Ontario's College Sector Committee, designed to assist Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) learners in Ontario move more easily among the programs that serve their educational and training needs. The initiative identified five pathways that LBS learners take to transition to greater independence, employment or further education and training. Assessment approaches and instruments based on essential skills were explored for each pathway. In January 2007, the LSA initiative was funded to develop a long-term plan for the development of a valid framework for measuring learner skill attainment in three key areas of essential skills (reading text, document use and numeracy).
This report explains why the Learner Skill Attainment Framework was needed, what the development process looked like, how well the process worked, what was accomplished and what needs to be done next. In addition to an overview of the LSA initiative, this report includes a summary, background information, recommendations and references.
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.
Authors: Maurice C. Taylor
The information contained in this report illustrates the literacy related competencies of ten skill training programs and their corresponding occupations. The report can be used in several ways. It can be read in the sequence in which the project was conducted - literature review, methodology, presentation of results and strategies to improve instruction. In addition, the different chapters can be used as separate units depending upon the role of the instructor.
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.