Authors: Partnerships in Learning
The Business and Labour Partnership Program is a program of the National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources and Social Development Canada started in 1988. Its aim was to develop and sustain partnerships between business, labour, education, and government sectors that would support adult work-related literacy.
The projects and activities supported through the Business and Labour Partnership Program affected five groups of people involved in workplace literacy and essential skills: business organizations and employers; labour organizations and their local constituents; educational practitioners and experts; project participants and the community at large.
This case study documented the ideas and approaches that were used by the National Literacy Secretariat to implement the Business and Labour Partnership Program. It also outlines the different types of partnerships that developed under the Program. The aim of this report is to demonstrate how this partnership program worked so that government employees and literacy practitioners can learn from the approach.
Lessons in Learning - December 13, 2007
Series: Lessons in Learning
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
This paper summarizes recent research on parenting styles and highlights a number of programs aimed at helping parents improve their skills.
The authors explain that parenting styles can be defined along two dimensions: responsiveness, which measures how well the parent is attuned to the child; and control, or how much the parent supervises and disciplines the child and requires obedience and self-control. Those two dimensions determine whether a parent is authoritative, demonstrating high levels of both control and responsiveness; authoritarian, demonstrating a high level of control and a low level of responsiveness; permissive, demonstrating a low level of control and a high level of responsiveness; or neglectful, demonstrating low levels of both control and responsiveness.
As the child grows, authoritative parenting is linked to greater social and emotional competence, with the children of authoritative parents being good at making friends in their early years, less likely to use drugs in their teens, and emotionally stable as young adults.
Recent research suggests that parenting is not necessarily a natural skill and most parents would benefit from some degree of instruction, the authors note. In Canada, there are a number of parent-support and parent-training programs designed to help parents develop positive parenting styles and skills. More high-quality research is needed to determine how effective parenting programs are for Canadian parents in Canadian settings.
Final (Third) Formative and Process Evaluation Report
Series: Manukau Family Literacy Project
Authors: John Benseman
The Manukau Family Literacy Programme has now been in operation during 2003 at two sites, involving three intakes of adults and their nominated children (attending either the participating kindergarten or primary school).
As a result of the evaluative data reported in this and the first two reports, the following statements represent a summary of the evaluation findings for the MFLP.
Authors: Sandra Germain
This research project is intended to identify and catalogue First Nations community-based initiatives across Canada that target late-entry learners. The focus is on recruitment strategies that target First Nations persons and identifies post-secondary institutions that have been successful in assisting students make the transition to student life and culturally appropriate pedagogy. The document will also help determine the most effective retention strategies for First Nations clients. The information collected from the research will be used by Mawi tan etj in its efforts to design a sustainable education plan for the First Nations communities within the Miramichi region of New Brunswick. The Mawi tan etj research project will contribute to the strengthening of a pan-Canadian First Nations network and the results will be used to make decisions for a long-term education strategy.
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
Over the past few decades, Canada’s labour requirements have changed drastically — from a need for physical labourers to a need for knowledge workers — as a result of changes in economic and social conditions that have included advances in information and communication technologies, globalization of economic activity and shifting demographics. Consequently, employers and firms are increasingly seeking skilled workers with a more sophisticated array of capabilities.
This document, CCL’s second report on the state of adult learning and workplace training in Canada, demonstrates that investments in human infrastructure — both in times of economic uncertainty and relative prosperity — are critical to securing a strong economy and greater social equity. Subjects covered in this document include the importance in strengthening Canada's human infrastructure, vulnerable Canadians—Understanding those at risk and supporting individuals, workers and their families.
A Program development and evaluation tool for volunteer programs in Alberta
This document is the final product of the Alberta Literacy Program Standards (ALPS) Project.
ALPS was a project of the Association of Literacy Coordinators of Alberta, and was funded by the National Literacy Secretariat.
Phase 1 of the project resulted in a set of good practice statements for volunteer literacy programs in Alberta, followed by a set of standards for those programs. Both the good practice statements and standards were developed in consultation with the province's literacy coordinators, who voted 98% in favor of approving them for use in the province's literacy programs. The purpose of Phase Two was to develop an evaluation process for programs to use for program development and accountability.
As with previous steps, the evaluation process was developed in consultation with the province's literacy coordinators. ALPS was jointly coordinated by Sharon Skage and Marnie Schaetti.
A Project in Two Literacy Volunteer Groups
Authors: Monique Ouellette
This is the report of a project, initiated by Literacy Partners of Quebec (LPQ), based on research that suggested that "many volunteer organizations are not always able to address the needs of their students and tutors." The project was undertaken with the assumption that a 50/50 management model could answer the needs of the volunteer literacy groups participating in the project as well as other literacy groups across Canada who encounter similar problems. A 50/50 balance means that fifty per cent of an organization's energy and resources will be directed towards recruitment and training of volunteers and towards recruitment and assessment of students, while the other fifty per cent will be directed towards support and retention of existing tutors and students.
Series: Manukau Family Literacy Project
This is the fourth evaluation report on the pilot Manukau Family Literacy Programme (MFLP).
This report has two parts:
- A summative evaluation of the 2004 programme (Sections 1 - 5) which looks at programme outcomes of the MFLP, using a range of data sources for evidence of changes in both the adult participants and their children across a number of aspects – academic, family, personal and social.
- A discussion of broader issues of MFLP (Sections 6 - 10) such as the nature and significance of the role COMET has played in establishing a family literacy programme, some of the challenges and issues that MFLP has had to deal with and the way the model of family literacy has developed since the pilot began.
For readers who have not read the earlier reports, there is an outline the nature of the program and an overview of the MFLP's operations included in the first pages of the document.
Literacy and Disabilities Study (LaDS)
Authors: Audrey Gardner
The Literacy and Disabilities Study (LaDS) project conducted a survey of literacy and other community programs in Canada that use the Speech Assisted Reading and Writing (SARAW) computer program with adults with disabilities.
The purpose of the survey was to learn about different delivery models and educational settings where adults with
disabilities use SARAW to help them develop and strengthen reading and writing skills.
The programs in this survey, that use SARAW, are mostly community-based adult
literacy programs. A few other programs provide support, outreach or residence for people with disabilities.
This report documents the methodology, findings and recommendations from the
SARAW survey, which consisted of face-to-face and phone interviews with learners, tutors, instructors and coordinators in programs that use SARAW. The report also
includes case studies of two programs.
Canada's Food Retail and Wholesale Sector
This report presents a brief summary of the results of the research on the of the business performance impacts — or return on investment (ROI) — of training.
The discussion is organized as follows:
• An introduction to the issue, including what defines business performance impacts/ROI that may me attributable to training;
• Recent evidence concerning the relationship between business trainers and performance, based on industry surveys in Canada and the United States;
• An overview of current company level practices with regard to formal training evaluation and the degree to which performance results are captured. This is supplemented by several case examples drawn predominantly from the food retail and wholesale sector;
• Some brief reflection on how these findings relate to specific human resource issues and training strategies in Canada's food retail and wholesale sector.