Catching Confidence and Learning Essential Skills: Presentation during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2010 in Montreal, QC (N.D.)

This discussion paper explores the idea of confidence as an indicator of success in learning, and introduces a tool designed to enable literacy practitioners to help adult learners record changes in their confidence during the process of learning.

The author, a researcher at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in the United Kingdom, points out that traditional tests used as a means of assessing success may not tell the full story for adult learners. When asked about how they measure success, both learners and teachers overwhelmingly point to gains in confidence.

The NIACE undertook a small study to try to understand more about the nature of confidence, its significance in learning situations, and how changes in confidence could be assessed so that learning gains could be recorded. Those findings led to the development of the Catching Confidence pack, which is intended to be used in conjunction with other ways of recognizing and recording learning in a wide number of settings and contexts.

The paper was presented during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2010, held in Montreal, Quebec in June of that year. The centre supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy and essential skills by building links between research, policy, and practice.

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Janine Eldred. Catching Confidence and Learning Essential Skills: Presentation during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2010 in Montreal, QC (N.D.) . Web. 25 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cfl/confidence/confidence.pdf>
Janine Eldred (). Catching Confidence and Learning Essential Skills: Presentation during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2010 in Montreal, QC (N.D.). Retrieved September 25, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cfl/confidence/confidence.pdf
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