Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)

Making sense of the class size debate (2005)

Lessons in Learning – September 14, 2005

The topic of school class size is a controversial one. Parents and teachers usually support smaller classes, while education officials caution that the costs of reducing class size may outweigh any benefits gained.

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2013-06-04

Student achievement: What should we really be measuring? (2005)

Lessons in Learning – October 13, 2005

The question of how much and how well children are learning in school is a concern for parents, students, employers, and the general public. The authors of this article look at three critical measures of success: student achievement in the core areas of language, mathematics and science; the disparity of student achievement among different socioeconomic groups; and high-school dropout rates.

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2013-05-23

Do students entering university have the basic writing and math skills they need? (2005)

Lessons in Learning – October 28, 2005

While recent testing suggests that Canadian students’ comprehension of basic skills is generally not declining, proficiency exams administered within some universities do show very slight declines in the skills of incoming students. Even though this decline is small overall, the authors of this paper say it does offer lessons in learning for students, their families, professors, universities, and governments.

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2013-05-14

Fact Sheet: Youth Literacy Skills (2010)

This assessment of the literacy skills of 15-year-old Canadians is part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted every three years by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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2013-05-09

Good news: Canada's high-school dropout rates are falling (2006)

Lessons in Learning – December 16, 2005

While much progress has been made across Canada in reducing the high-school dropout rate, the progress is much slower among certain groups, including Aboriginal students, those in rural areas, and young men. The authors of this article examine what is known about factors affecting high-school completion, and look at ways to encourage all students to complete high school.

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2013-05-08

Raising the score: Promoting adult literacy in Canada (2005)

Lessons in Learning – September 29, 2005

The authors of this paper say that the number of Canadian adults with low literacy skills remains too high, in spite of the significant resources that all levels of government have committed to improving literacy.

They note that Canadian levels of adult literacy are low relative to comparable countries, are not improving over time, and are unlikely to be remedied by current approaches.

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2013-05-02

Falling voter turnout: Is it linked to diminished civics education? (2006)

Lessons in Learning – January 18, 2006

Canada is one of many industrialized countries to see voter participation rates drop since 1990. Recent analyses suggest that the drop in voter participation is largely the result of very low turnout on election day among young voters.

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2013-04-25

How parents foster early literacy (2006)

Lessons in Learning – February 1, 2006

Current and emerging research is creating a greater understanding of the importance of the preschool years for early language and literacy development, the authors of this paper note. Society is beginning to learn which activities, tools, or programs can be used in the home or in child-care centres to give young children an advantage as they move into literacy.

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2013-04-19

Understanding the need for targeted workplace learning strategies (2006)

Lessons in Learning – February 17, 2006

While there has been greater recognition in recent years of the value of workplace learning, issues regarding inequality of access need to be addressed, according to the authors of this paper.

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2013-04-11

First language not necessarily linked to reading proficiency (2006)

Lessons in Learning – May 12, 2006

In this paper, the authors examine recent research findings to determine whether a lack of oral proficiency is the main impediment to successful literacy learning for young English as a Second Language (ESL) students in Canadian schools.

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2013-03-25

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