Learning outcomes

Best Practices: A Framework for Documenting Qualitative Methods of Evaluating Learning in Community-Based Adult Literacy Programs from Independent Studies (I.S.) at Frontier College (2003)

This report outlines alternative ways of documenting non-academic outcomes in community-based adult literacy programs.

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2014-04-29

Taking the First Step - An LBS Referral Assessment (2000)

This document offers an updated version of the literacy skills assessment used by Project READ Literacy Network in Ontario’s Waterloo-Wellington region since the mid-1990s. The updated document is aligned with the five levels of the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Learning Outcomes Matrix.

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2012-08-28

Understanding the academic trajectories of ESL students (2008)

Lessons in Learning – October 2, 2008

In this document, the authors explore the implications of research that shows wide variations in learning outcomes among sub-groups of English as a Second Language (ESL) students in schools in Canada’s largest cities.

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2012-06-13

Blended Learning for Soft Skills Development (2010)

Testing a Four-Level Framework for Integrating Work and Learning to Maximize Personal Practice and Job Performance

“Blended learning” refers to combining different kinds of instructional approaches, like face-to-face learning and coaching, with a variety of technologies, including discussion boards, e-content, and conference calls.

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2012-03-27

Homework helps, but not always (2009)

Lessons in Learning – May 4, 2009

This paper offers a review of 18 studies, published between 2003 and 2007, about the effectiveness of homework in strengthening learning outcomes. Fourteen of the studies were conducted in the United States and the remaining four in Germany.

The authors found that while the majority of studies favour homework, some of the evidence was contradictory and required more careful examination.

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2012-03-26

Does placement matter? Comparing the academic performance of students with special needs in inclusive and separate settings (2009)

Lessons in Learning – March 18, 2009

There is ongoing debate about whether students with special needs are better served in inclusive classrooms or in separate settings with peers who share similar challenges. The authors of this discussion paper have reviewed 30 studies that compare inclusive and separate learning settings for students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, language impairments, and mixed disabilities.

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2012-03-12

Assessing Apprenticeship Outcomes (2011)

Building a Case for Pursuing and Completing an Apprenticeship

The goal of this project was to assess the outcomes of apprentices, and compare those outcomes with the outcomes of individuals who did not complete an apprenticeship; graduates of other college programs; and individuals who did not pursue any postsecondary training.

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2011-03-18

Social Capital Outcomes of Adult Learning and Literacy Initiatives: How Do We Measure Them? (2010)

Literature Review

This literature review, written as a background paper for The Centre for Literacy’s 2010 summer institute on workplace literacy and essentials skills, offers an overview of the main discussion points about social capital and adult learning and literacy. Social capital refers broadly to the social connections and understandings between people that enable them to work together, live together and learn from each other.

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2010-10-07

Lesson 5: Nurse Aide (2005)

Read resident information leaflet & answer questions

This lesson plan, prepared by ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers, teaches learners in a college Health Care Aide preparation class how to read and use medical information to answer a diabetic patient's requests for information. Suggested teacher resources and classroom materials are listed.

The two Essential Skills required are: Reading text, and Oral communication.

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2009-12-16

Lesson 4: Aircraft Assembler (2005)

Read & follow directions on using a sealant

This lesson plan teaches learners to identify factors affecting the application of a sealant in aircraft part assembly. The lesson task, prepared by ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers, is to read and follow directions when using a sealant. Suggested teacher resources and classroom materials are listed.

The four Essential Skills required are: Reading text, Document use, Oral communication, and Numeracy.

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2009-12-16

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