Authors: Movement for Canadian Literacy
This document outlines a 10-year National Literacy Action Plan (2006 to 2016) to begin addressing Canada's literacy challenges.
It builds on the federal, provincial and territorial governments' expressed recognition of the literacy challenges; on the National Literacy Action Agenda widely endorsed by the literacy community in 2002-2003, on the all-party parliamentary Standing Committee 2003 report on "Raising Adult Literacy Skills: The need for a Pan-Canadian Response"; and on Minister Bradshaw's current pan- Canadian round of consultations on literacy.
An annotated bibliography
Authors: Centre for Literacy of Quebec
This bibliography was compiled for The Centre for Literacy's 2005 Summer Institute: Adult Basic Education & Literacy, Media and Technology.
The references and annotations point to relevant research, project, strategy and evaluation reports that describe and analyze the current and future influences of changing technologies on definitions of literacy, lifelong learning policy, and program-level practice in Canada and internationally.
This list is far from exhaustive, but represents a core set of readings on the topic and offers a solid starting point for more in-depth research.
Celebrating 40 Years of the Adult Education and Literacy System of the United States
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
The author discusses 40 years of Adult Education in the United States. This year, they celebrate 40 years of Adult Literacy and Literacy System that was created by the Adult Education Act of 1966, and which continues today as Title 2: The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
How the Adult Education Act emerged from the adult basic education program of the War on Poverty illustrates how multiple interests were brought together to break through a barrier that had blocked the development of an Adult Education and Literacy System for decades.
Authors: Grant Johnston
This paper looks at whether an increase in the basic literacy skills of adults would have a positive effect on the New Zealand economy. It finds good evidence for the benefits of literacy: studies
consistently find that adults with better literacy skills are more likely to be employed, and to earn more, than those with poorer literacy skills, even when taking account of other factors which affect work performance.
There is little rigorous evidence, however, for the benefits of adult literacy training and almost no accompanying information on the costs of this training.
While there is a good case for an increased focus on adult literacy, and on workplace literacy in particular, these findings suggest a cautious approach to expanding publicly-funded adult literacy programmes.
There is a clear need for more and better New Zealand-based research, for piloting innovative literacy programmes and for undertaking good-quality evaluations. A modest increase in literacy training may not materially affect economic performance.
The International Adult Literacy Survey Results
In 1990, Statistics Canada released the results of the Survey of Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities (LSUDA), a 1989 Canada-wide survey of the reading skills of adults. In 1992, the then Ontario Ministry of Education reported on the LSUDA results for Ontario (Stan Jones, Survey of Adult Literacy in Ontario).
Shortly after the release of the LSUDA results in Canada and those of the National Adult Literacy Survey in the United States, interest in a comparative international study of adult literacy began to grow. In December 1995, the first results of the 1994 survey of adult literacy in seven countries, the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), were reported in Literacy, Economy and Society, a joint publication of Statistics Canada and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In September 1996, Statistics Canada released Reading the Future: A Portrait of Literacy in Canada, a report on the national data collected in IALS.
To measure literacy in IALS, respondents answered a set of test questions designed to measure adult reading skills as well as background questions about their education, work experience and literacy practices.
Ontario participated in the survey in order to gain key data to inform policy development and to focus its literacy programming. The present report covers in detail the IALS results for Ontario. It updates and supplements the previous report, Survey of Adult Literacy in Ontario. It is organized much as the previous report with a table, graph and commentary for each of the major literacy relationships. Throughout the text, shaded boxes provide background information. Usually the tables provide results for three scales -- prose, document and quantitative -- but the graphs are used to point to particularly interesting results in part of the data.
Pre-School to Adult
Authors: NWT Literacy Council
Over the years, many people have asked us to put together a package of information on Aboriginal literature that is suitable for different age groups. That task, however, is not particularly easy. An extensive array of material is available nowadays, but should it all be included in such a list?
Considerable debate surrounds what is sometimes called “appropriation of voice” – when a person, no matter how sympathetic, depicts someone from another culture. We can only say that we have tried our best to be selective, and appreciate any feedback that people might have about our list.
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.
Authors: George Demetrion
What follows is a bibliographic review of the author's online and print based articles and book chapters from 1993-2004 on various facets of the pedagogy, politics, and science of adult literacy education.
A strong autobiographical emphasis is highlighted especially on pp. 9-14, but more broadly throughout the text in the argument carried out explicitly and implicitly that the pedagogical and political are personal "all the way down," to quote the aphoristic phrase of pragmatic philosopher, Richard Rorty.
The common theme throughout all of the topics identified is an exploration of the complex relationship between the dynamics of the author's lived experience as a director of adult literacy programming in Hartford, CT, and his alter vocation as an intellectual seeking to make sense of the scholarship of adult literacy in light of the concrete irreducibility of his own daily practice.
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