Women's Education des femmes, Fall 1996 - Vol. 12, No. 3
Authors: Nancy Bennett
“We know now that an abusive childhood can lead to an abusive marriage and so the picture spins, reel to reel.”
In this article, the author tells of her history of abuse and how, through education and perseverance, she broke the cycle of abuse.
Women's Education des femmes, Autumn 1990 - Vol. 8, No. 2
Authors: Ollie Miller
This article talks about the isolation of older farm woman and introduces a handbook, Sowing Circles of Hope, written to identify ways in which older farm women can benefit from their participation in support groups.
Impacts of the Adult Basic Education Experience on the Lives of Participants
The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term impact of ABE on students' lives. The study was funded by the 1992/93 B.C. literacy cost-shared program and sponsored by the Adult Basic Education Association of B.C. and Northwest Community College.
The research methodology included personal interviews in three regions of B.C. with 44 former students who had been away from their last ABE course for at least one year. The students were diverse in age, ethnic origin, and gender and had attended a college, school district, or community-based literacy or ABE program for at least three months. The students volunteered to participate in the study and came forward as a result of local advertising and contacts made by the researchers with instructors and tutors.
Over 90% of participants in the study reported positive impacts from their ABE experience. The study was designed to determine the "essence" of the positive impacts of ABE by uncovering patterns and similarities in the students' stories. The study found that the essence of a positive ABE experience is one that expands the possibilities for informed choice and action in life. "People are learning to learn.....even more importantly, people have learned that they have learned."
The report concludes with a discussion of the implications of the study's findings for planning and delivering ABE/literacy resources.
One of these implications is the economic benefit to society of ABE in facilitating healthier personal and family lifestyles and greater and more informed participation in social relationships of all kinds.
This is the report of a study that was conducted for two purposes: (1) to develop a new method to teach adults to read and to write while reinforing neuropsychological abilities, and (2) to compare the efficiency of this new method with the two traditional methods used in Mexico to teach adults to read and write.
Women's Education des femmes, Fall 1995 - Vol. 11, No. 4
Authors: Pamela Simmons
Pamela Simmons graduated in 1995 from the University of Western Ontario, and then planned to pursue a career as a freelance writer. In this article, she shares her thoughts and experiences on achieving her degree.
This is the final report of a conference called "Apprenons ensemble - Learning Together." It includes, in both languages, remarks of the panelists, speeches from guest and keynote speakers, an outline and description of the workshops, the results of the family literacy consultations and the Learning Together Anthem. The report also contains lists: of participants, sponsors, the summary of the evaluations and a report on the coverage from the media.
This document is housed on the AlphaPlus server, where it can be downloaded in PDF format.
This report describes a project undertaken by AlphaPlus in partnership with four community-based adult literacy agencies in the Toronto area. The goal was to get a better sense of how staff, volunteers, and students in literacy agencies are working with digital technologies, and to better understand the opportunities and challenges presented by digital technologies in adult literacy teaching and learning.
The authors found that students at even the most basic levels of literacy can learn using digital technologies. Student expectations and levels of proficiency are varied, requiring practitioners to work hard to address a range of learning needs.
Other key points include the need for sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of both developing and maintaining infrastructure; the provision of adequate professional development; and the importance of a culture that values the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.
AlphaPlus is a provincially-funded Ontario organization that provides expertise to support adult educators.
An Introduction to Community-Based Adult Literacy in British Columbia
Authors: Literacy BC
Learning Without Borders offers an introduction to community-based adult literacy in British Columbia. This resource has been designed to help those unfamiliar with this topic navigate the complexities of the adult literacy field in BC. This book provides a broad picture of adult literacy in BC by surveying its history, explaining some of the challenges, providing a glimpse of the delivery models and introducing the perspective of adult learners. A brief summary of several research reports that are valuable for a full understanding of adult literacy today is also included.
Women's Education des femmes, Winter 1993 - Vol. 10, No. 3/4
This article concerns a study conducted in cooperation with CCLOW and through funding provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. During the study, in-depth, open-ended interviews were conducted with over forty women to hear what knowledge and skills they felt they had to learn to be effective at their jobs and how and where they learned these things.
Women's Education des femmes, Spring 1995 - Vol. 11, No. 3
Authors: Carol Arkinstall
This article is about the Counselling Women Certificate Program (C.W.C.P.), offered, at the time the article was written, by the Women's Program through the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. The course was designed for women who work with women in counseling settings and who are interested in a feminist perspective. Its purpose was to expand the range of counselling services available to women by providing education in women-centered counselling.