Authors: ABE Florida
This document would be of interest to those involved in the adult basic education field. The materials included in this resource guide have been designed to enhance adult basic education programs and contribute to program accountability. The guide contains nine chapters with the following headings:
- Teaching the adult learner
- Strategies for cooperative learning
- Strategies for developing multiple intelligences
- Classroom management
- Learning disabilities
- Gaining recognition for your adult and community education program
- Retention strategies
- Test of adult basic education
- Sunshine state standards
Who Does What in Aboriginal Skills Development: A Reference Document
Authors: Stonecircle Consulting
The goal of this document is to explain the nature of Aboriginal human resources issues in Canada, and to provide practical information for promoting partnerships that lead to meaningful work for Aboriginal people and boost the pool of skilled workers for economic sectors currently experiencing shortfalls.
The authors note that while Canada is one of the fastest growing economies among the G8, a shortfall of skilled workers will make it difficult to sustain that growth. At the same time, Canada is experiencing an Aboriginal baby boom and the unemployment rate among Aboriginal people in Canada is nearly three times the national average.
The authors have included information about Aboriginal populations in Canada; support for Aboriginal human resources; the Aboriginal Human Resource Council; and a variety of agreements pertaining to Aboriginal human resources.
This publication was funded by The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC), the network of Canada’s sector councils dedicated to implementing industry-driven labour market solutions in key sectors of the economy. For more information about TASC, please visit its website at http://www.councils.org.
Perceptions of Barriers: A consultation report
Authors: Canadian Labour and Business Centre
This report presents the findings of a research study commissioned by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CFA). The CFA is a multi-partite organization comprised of business, labour, government, educators and other groups that promotes apprenticeship as an effective training and education system and provides a mechanism for key stakeholders to support apprenticeship-delivery systems across Canada. The CAF-FCA has identified accessibility and barriers to apprenticeship as an area of key concern and contracted the Canadian Labour and Business Centre (CLBC) to research this issue.
The objectives of the study were to:
1) Identify and explore the perspectives of individuals, unions, employers, governments and educators concerning the barriers to accessing, maintaining and completing apprenticeships.
2) Determine which barriers are systemic and which may be specific to certain groups.
3) Engage the apprenticeship community in a consultative process to discuss the findings and examine recommendations.
To understand and describe the state of a field, researchers traditionally carry out a literature review. This approach is widely accepted as a way to summarize what is known in the field. With Connecting the Dots: Improving Accountability in the Adult Literacy Field in Canada the authors knew they needed to do that. But more was needed. While a literature review was critical to understanding the conceptual underpinnings of recent initiatives for greater accountability, it was important to know the impact of these measures on the field. To do this, it was necessary to talk to people who work in the adult literacy
field to hear their perspectives and learn about their experiences. The field review presented here offers those voices to complement the literature review.
The report is organized into four sections: how participants defined accountability and the different emphases they place on the concept; a picture based on interviewees’ descriptions of how accountability information is collected,
by whom and the gaps and challenges encountered; the issues associated with the implementation of accountability measures, the need for respectful, knowledgeable relationships and clarity in communication and expectations; and finally the topic of resources and funding related to accountability structures.
Authors: The Conference Board of Canada
The Conference Board of Canada education and learning case studies examine outstanding education and lifelong learning programs and initiatives. This case study looks at the Workplace Open Learning Fulfillment program in place at La Ronge Motor Hotel, located in the small northern Saskatchewan town of La Ronge, on land owned by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Through its program, the hotel helps staff train for, and achieve, the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council’s national industry certification in housekeeping.
For more information about The Conference Board of Canada, visit its website at http://www.conferenceboard.ca
Labour Market Update Project
Authors: Prism Economics and Analysis
In this report, the authors point to a combination of factors that add up to difficult times for the plastics industry in Canada. Some factors may be temporary, like the overvalued Canadian dollar. But others, like increased competition from China and India, are part of a new reality the sector must deal with.
The authors also note that a surge in interest in energy efficiency and environmental protection is driving consumer preferences and shaping government policy. Adapting to these challenges by altering products and production is a priority.
They conclude that the plastics sector will overcome its current problems but caution companies to prepare now in order to be able to take advantage of new opportunities as they emerge. A crucial factor will be the recruitment and retention of skilled workers.
The report was published by the Canadian Plastics Sector Council (CPSC), a national not-for-profit association created to explore and address emerging human resources issues in the plastics processing industry.
Authors: Lindsay Kennedy
This document is part of a project designed to provide Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) support organizations in Ontario with information, training, and tools to allow them to increase their knowledge of performance management concepts. It builds upon the first phase of the project framework, which can be seen by clicking here: http://library.nald.ca/item/10461.
Performance measurement describes how resources are being used; how the work being done contributes to the achievement of stated outcomes; and whether or not the organization’s delivery agencies and other stakeholders are satisfied with the results.
The authors provide an overview of measuring and monitoring, along with information on tools for measuring and monitoring; performance indicators; and performance measurement tools.
An appendix to the document provides sample forms that can be adapted for use in performance management.
In this report, the authors discuss the cost and the importance of investing in literacy. They suggest that advanced literacy is the single most important tool that Canadians need to compete in the global economy and present estimates of the total cost of raising the literacy skill of the adult population to Level 3.
This report includes an executive summary and forward followed byfive chapters:
Chapter 1- Introduces the report and provides background on the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey and the International Survey of Reading Skills (ISRS) studies upon which analyses in the report are based.
Chapter 2 - Summarizes what was measured in the ISRS and what it means
Chapter 3 - Defines segments in the Canadian literacy market
Chapter 4 - Contains estimates of the costs and benefits of releasing Canada’s economic potential through literacy instruction
Chapter 5 - Summary and conclusions
In this 30-minute video, Dr. Paul Cappon, president and CEO of the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), presents the keynote address to the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre’s (AdLKC’s) fourth and final annual symposium, held in Montreal, Quebec, in June 2009.
Dr. Cappon notes that society puts great value on uncovering the origins of both chronic and transmissible diseases because evidence is key to understanding and, eventually, controlling disease. He argues that learning is just as important as healthcare to the destiny of society, but the importance of research in education isn’t as clearly recognized.
He urges governments to acknowledge that human infrastructure is a public good every bit as important as machines and buildings. He also encourages them to invest in tools to help Canadians assess themselves; promote partnerships with industry to improve workplace education and training; commit to clear, shared goals; and support mobility for students and professions.
A learning culture is important no matter what economic conditions prevail at any given time, he says. Knowing how to learn is the quintessential skill in a knowledge society.
During his presentation, Dr. Cappon switches back and forth between English and French. No subtitles are provided.
This document offers an account of the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre’s (AdLKC’s) fourth and final annual symposium, held in Montreal, Quebec, in June 2009.
The authors have provided summaries of 20 presentations that were offered in five concurrent sessions, focusing on such issues as non-formal adult learner programming at post-secondary institutions; adult learning in criminal justice settings; ethical issues in community-based research; and health and learning.
They have also summarized the discussions presented during three plenary sessions, which focused on equitable access to learning; learning strategies for a troubled economy; and the future of adult learning in Canada.
The authors have also included a list of symposium participants.