Creating a personal learning path: A benchmark framework for Aboriginal literacy and essential skills (2013)

The Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) pilot project, carried out from 2010 to 2013, was designed to help First Nations communities on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to develop a learning vision and set of pathways that are culturally relevant and reflect the literacy and essential skills needs, interests, and priorities of the communities.

Part of the project involved establishing a series of culturally relevant First Nations adult literacy benchmarks to inform curriculum, assessment, learning plans, learning programs, and services. The authors of this document note that while some Western benchmarks are useful, the ALES project team was particularly interested in adapting and integrating Aboriginal worldviews into its benchmarks.

The team reviewed various culturally relevant adult literacy benchmarks and related source materials. The benchmarks that were eventually adapted draw on a learner-centered approach, which recognizes that meaningful individual learning is grounded in experiences that embrace both indigenous and Western knowledge traditions.

The benchmarks focus on learners applying their knowledge in their respective cultural context; recognition of the assets of learners, rather than learners’ test results or qualifications; self-awareness and self-monitoring of learning; and a lifelong learning approach, rather than a deficit model, looking at what learners have and will achieve, rather than what they have not achieved.

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2014-01-16
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Literacy Victoria. Creating a personal learning path: A benchmark framework for Aboriginal literacy and essential skills 2013. Web. 5 Jul. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/literacy_victoria/benchmark_framework/benchmark_framework.pdf>
Literacy Victoria (2013). Creating a personal learning path: A benchmark framework for Aboriginal literacy and essential skills. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/literacy_victoria/benchmark_framework/benchmark_framework.pdf
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