Adult education

Quality Assurance in PLAR: Issues and Strategies for Post-secondary Institutions – Volume 1 (2007)

This document is part of a collaborative research project on quality assurance in prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) in post-secondary education. The research included literature reviews, interviews with quality assurance experts at the partner institutions, focus groups with adult learners, and individual interviews with internationally educated professionals who had experienced PLAR.

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2012-09-17

Document Use Refresher for Apprentices: Overview (2006)

This document offers an overview of a Nova Scotia initiative that incorporates an informal assessment with the apprenticeship registration process. The assessment determines whether an apprentice needs support in acquiring the skills needed to succeed in training. If so, a learning plan is developed, using trades-specific material.

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2012-09-07

Document Use Refresher for Apprentices (2006)

This is the curriculum for a refresher course in document use, developed as part of a Nova Scotia initiative that includes an informal assessment as part of the apprenticeship registration process in order to identify candidates who need help to acquire the skills required to succeed in their programs.

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2012-08-28

Learning Together with Digital Technologies: Illustrative Case Studies (2012)

This document is housed on the AlphaPlus server, where it can be downloaded in PDF format.

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2012-08-17

Written Conversation [Video - 7:11] (2010)

Featuring Katie Gowan, Literacy Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Network and literacy learners Evangeline Brown and Barry Blakeney of the Halifax Community Learning Network

This video features literacy instructors and learners in Nova Scotia, demonstrating how conversing in written form can build literacy skills.

The instructor might start by writing a question like “How are you?” on a piece of paper, then hand the paper over to the learner, who writes a response. The instructor can ask simple questions if the learner’s skills are basic or more challenging questions if the learner is more advanced.

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2012-07-31

Working Together, Working Well (2005)

This manual is designed to help instructors teach the skills required to work in a group.

The learning activities in the manual have been field-tested within Literacy and Basic Skills programs in both rural and urban settings in Ontario. Learner levels covered in the field tests ranged from LBS Level 1 to Level 4, equal to Level 1 and 2 in the Essential Skills.

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2012-07-30

Think Aloud in Mathematics [Video - 6:09] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

This video features literacy educator Kate Nonesuch, explaining how an instructor can use thinking aloud to help adults learn math.

She uses a math problem that involves determining what percentage one number is of another. As she looks at the problem, she discusses aloud the points the problem raises; estimates her answer; and draws a diagram to help in her calculations.

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2012-07-27

Think Aloud in Communications [Video - 5:49] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

In this video, literacy educator Kate Nonesuch explains a technique to help adult learners get more out of their reading.

When a person reads a text, some of the information is right there on the page, she points out. Other information emerges because the person thinks about the text and questions its meaning.

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2012-07-18

Teaching Fractions, Percents and Decimals Together [Video - 9:28] (2010)

Featuring Linda Thorsen, Instructor, Valley Community Learning Association

This video features Linda Thorsen, an instructor with Nova Scotia’s Valley Community Learning Association, offering strategies for teaching fractions, decimals and percents to adult learners.

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2012-07-09

Workforce Essential Skills: Putting literacy to work (2010)

This guide grew out of a two-year research study investigating workforce Essential Skills (ES) approaches and implementation processes. It includes information about what workforce ES programming is; how it can be designed; and who benefits from it.

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2012-07-09

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