T. Scott Murray

The ACCC National Framework for Developing Essential Skills: Research Findings and Future Perspectives (2013)

This presentation, made at a national summit hosted by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) in Ottawa, Ontario, in March 2013, outlines a project designed to provide evidence of the importance of Essential Skills (ES) in helping both students and workers succeed.

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2013-11-12

The Economic Benefits of Literacy: Evidence and Implications for Public Policy (2009)

This report provides an overview of how economists think about literacy, and what the available evidence suggests about the economic value of literacy.

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2013-09-17

The Reading Comprehension Skills Needed in a Fully Performing Workforce – A Breakthrough in Understanding: Policy Consequences for Alberta (2010)

This report compares estimates of the demand for literacy skills in the province of Alberta to estimates of the available supply of such skills. It also provides an overview of the instruction that would be required to eliminate the literacy skill shortages; an approximation of what such instruction would cost; and estimates of the direct economic benefits that might occur if such an investment were made.

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2013-09-10

Replacing the GED: A Concept note (2011)

The General Education Development (GED) test has been widely used in Canada over the past 25 years as a means of conferring a qualification deemed to be equivalent to a high school diploma. The author of this paper makes the case for a system called PRIME as an attractive alternative to the GED.

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2013-09-03

Up Skill Athabasca: Providing Essential Skills for the Athabasca Region and the Oil Sands Industry (2012)

Presentation given during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2012, June 27 - 29, 2012 in Montreal, QC

This presentation offers an overview of a cross-sectoral demonstration project aimed at improving the Essential Skills of workers in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, home to the Athabasca Oil Sands.

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2013-06-28

Investing in Upskilling: Gains for Individuals, Employers and Government - Summary Quebec (2012)

This summary report is part of a project carried out for the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN), exploring the relationship between literacy and income.

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2013-06-25

Investing in Upskilling: Gains for Individuals, Employers and Government - Summary New Brunswick (2012)

This report is part of a project that examines the relationship between literacy and income. It was undertaken for the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN).

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2013-06-18

Investing in Upskilling: Gains for Individuals, Employers and Government - Summary Nova Scotia (2012)

This document is part of a project carried out for the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN), exploring the relationship between literacy and income.

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2013-06-12

Plain Language Summaries: The Canadian Component of the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) -The Situation of Official Language Minorities (2007)

This document offers a summary of a Statistics Canada study that uses the results of the International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS) to analyze the literacy skills of Canada’s official language minorities.

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2013-01-14

Plain Language Summaries: Catching Up With The Swedes - Probing the Canada-Sweden Literacy Gap (2007)

This brief document summarizes a Statistics Canada study that attempted to determine why the incidence of low literacy is much higher in Canada that it is in Sweden.

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2012-12-17

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