Women's Education des femmes, June 1983 - Vol. 1, No. 2
Authors: Jane Adams
This is a excerpt from a brief focussing on equity through paid skills development leave for women.
A Methodological Report and Time Series Analysis
This paper outlines both the methodology used by the authors to develop a statistical measure to estimate how ready for school Canadian preschoolers are, and the information gained through the analysis of relevant statistics from the provinces for the years 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.
Based on information from the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), the authors developed a measure based on verbal ability combined with social and emotional development.
Further analysis showed differences in school readiness both within a particular year and over time, with several provinces being at the national average in one year, then either moving above or falling below that average at other points in the longitudinal study.
The authors say that their methodology offers a solid basis for developing national indexes from survey data. A crucial next step will be to address gaps in the information about school readiness by exploring other nationwide longitudinal sets of data that contain a broader range of variables and school outcomes for a given cohort of students.
Authors: George Demetrion
In this essay, the author looks to American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey for guidelines to shape the emerging field of teacher research.
The author points to other academic works that emphasize the importance of systematic, intentional inquiry as the methodological foundation of teacher research. He argues that Dewey’s “Logic: The Theory of Inquiry” provides a good example of how such research would be conducted in real life.
He also discusses the broader challenges involved in moving teacher research from the fringe to the forefront of educational research.
Exploring the issues of accountability in adult literacy through three case studies
The aim of this project was to compile what has been learned about building accountability systems in adult literacy in British Columbia, Ontario and Scotland. The findings are presented in three sections: dealing with systemic issues, how accountability mechanisms should be designed, and working with data. Wherever possible the findings reflect all three jurisdictions and focus on common concerns. It is the author's hope that some of the description and insights will be useful to people working in these and other jurisdictions.
CPRN Research Report
The paper examines perceptions of risk among employees and employers in small information technology (IT) firms. The authors point to an environment of growing insecurity about unemployment, underemployment and the future of pension plans. Specifically, they investigate what meaning workers attach to risks borne to support the viability of the firm.
The authors analyse data collected from IT owners and workers in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their analysis shows that owners, managers and employees all worry a great deal about the future of the firm, with employees also worrying about other job-related issues, including whether they can compete in the job market.
The authors note that employees and employers adopt an entrepreneurial team-based firm culture to manage firm risks.
The authors include an explanation of their methodology, which involved a web survey completed by more than 400 respondents and qualitative data obtained from selected respondents.
The purpose of the Directory is to help Canadian health professionals locate excellent examples of plain language health information on a variety of subjects. A list of 375 titles from 50 organizations is presented. As well, the Introduction tells readers how and why we chose the resources that are listed. The Appendices provide basic plain language and clear design tips.
Authors: Lisa Wilson
This thesis was submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education in the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan.
The author explores the Saskatchewan Adult Basic Education (ABE) curriculum as it relates to the Aboriginal learner.
Women and Literacy Programs
This report discusses a research project undertaken to:
• examine how gender and the power balance of the male/female relationship affect women's access to, and experience of, literacy programs and how it affects the impact of literacy programs on women
• determine how literacy programs and literacy practice might be changed to better respond to the reality of the lives of adult women learners, and
• share this information with women literacy students and workers, through print materials and in workshops, to foster the development of relevant, appropriate, and accessible literacy learning opportunities for women
• talk with women literacy students and workers who are currently involved in literacy programs
• develop key questions out of the "data" of the women's stories
• develop a research design to investigate these questions further using an action research model.