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.
Authors: Célinie Russell
The purpose of this study was to discover strategies for encouraging adult francophones with poor literacy skills to articulate a need for literacy training and strategies that education centres can use to answer that need adequately. A literature review identified several obstacles to participating in adult education programs: a lack of interest in adult education, a very low value placed on education, and a belief that the expected payback from adult education does not justify the effort it requires. A literature search identified the one-stop access approach and integrated training programs as two possible ways of overcoming obstacles to participation in adult education and providing the types of training that are in greatest demand.
This report discusses the issues regarding the participation of adults with disabilities in adult literacy programs from their point of view. It discusses many barriers to developing literacy skills which may be attitudinal, technological, emotional or transportation-related. As well, it gives recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. The study findings will be used to generate meaningful recommendations for improving the accessibility of literacy programs and learning activities for people with disabilities.
This study employed a qualitative research approach and used semi-structured interviews as the method of data collection. Interviews were conducted in a number of different locations in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
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An Act Respecting Employment Insurance in Canada
Authors: Susan Sussman
This submission from the Movement for Canadian Literacy looks at the way in which Bill C-12: an Act respecting employment insurance in Canada, will support the development of Canada's human resources, and in particular how it will affect the millions of Canadians who have difficulty with the literacy demands they encounter each day at home, in their communities and in their jobs.
an international comparative study
Authors: Albert Tuijnman
This report is a monograph stemming from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). Publication of this monograph was supported by the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational, Adult Education and the Applied Research Branch, Human Resources Development Canada. This monograph presents 10 international indicators that allow readers to compare the literacy proficiency of Canadians and Americans with that of populations of other countries. The findings confirm that low literacy is an important issue in all regions and countries surveyed. But there are both countries that do better and countries that do worse than either Canada or the United States. Understanding why these differences have occurred, and particularly, what policies may have contributed to success and failure, is an important consideration.
Drawing on the results of the IALS, on the findings of previous research, and on the collective experience of member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this monograph concludes with a proposal for 10 targets and tools for improving literacy. While not all will carry equal weight in national and state provincial strategies, each will have to be considered as part of a comprehensive and encompassing plan of action for building a truly literate North America.
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Authors: Joan B. Perry
This report builds on the document, Best Practices for Adult Literacy, which investigated best practices for facilitating the development literacy among adults.
The author undertook additional research to report on practical teaching techniques, tips, strategies, methods, and exercises for adult literacy program delivery. This document contains what has already been successful in adult literacy programs: the activities, program models, resources, and useful classroom strategies that have been tried and tested.
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.
Resources for Literacy Workers
Authors: Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
This book is a resource for literacy workers. One of its focus is on the challenges of people having limited literacy skills when they attempt to access counselling services. It also includes information for workers who may be working with victims of abuse and violence.