Myths and facts about Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills (2009)

Fact Sheet 1

The CAMA Literacy and Essential Skills in Municipal Workplaces Project has developed a six-part series of fact sheets on workplace literacy and essential skills. The fact sheets are:

1. Myths and facts about workplace literacy and essential skills
2. Why municipal workplaces are involved in literacy and essential skills
3. How municipal workplaces are tackling the issues
4. Challenges and solutions
5. Best practices
6. What will your return on investment be?

About this fact sheet:

There are many myths about Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills. Some are repeated so often that they have become urban legends. This fact sheet helps to debunk some of the myths so that the reader understands the facts instead.

One example: Literacy is the simple ability to read and write. Fact: The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS, 1996) defines literacy as the ability to understand and use printed information “in daily activities, at home, at work and in the community — to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”

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Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). Myths and facts about Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills 2009. Web. 30 Nov. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cama/factsheet1/factsheet1.pdf>
Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) (2009). Myths and facts about Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cama/factsheet1/factsheet1.pdf
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