Literacy levels

Making the Grade? Troubling Trends in Postsecondary Student Literacy – Issue paper No 16 (2013)

In this paper, the authors raise concerns about the literacy skills of students attending postsecondary institutions in Ontario.

Results from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) show that not even a quarter of respondents aged 18 to 65 scored above level 3, the minimum level of proficiency required to function well in today’s world, the authors note.

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2014-03-12

Child Care Worker: Preparation for Certification Program - A Journey to the Future (2012)

Presentation by PALN Project Team April 18, 2012

This presentation outlines a program developed by the Prince Albert Literacy Network (PALN) in Saskatchewan to help adults with low literacy skills prepare for careers in child care.

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2013-09-09

Module 1: Introduction to Health Literacy (2010)

This presentation is part of a kit developed by Literacy Volunteers of Quebec (LVQ) to raise awareness among medical and social services practitioners of the link between literacy and health.

The authors explain the five levels of literacy; discuss the links between low literacy levels and poor health outcomes; and offer tips to help health professionals pick up on signs of low literacy.

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2013-07-03

Raising the score: Promoting adult literacy in Canada (2005)

Lessons in Learning – September 29, 2005

The authors of this paper say that the number of Canadian adults with low literacy skills remains too high, in spite of the significant resources that all levels of government have committed to improving literacy.

They note that Canadian levels of adult literacy are low relative to comparable countries, are not improving over time, and are unlikely to be remedied by current approaches.

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2013-05-02

Literacy skills among Canada's immigrant population (2006)

Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, February 2006, Vol. 2 No. 5

The authors of this article, published by Statistics Canada, analyze data from the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) to provide insights into the literacy levels of both recent and established immigrants in Canada.

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2013-04-08

Can Learning Disabilities Explain Low Literacy Performance? (2010)

This report explores the relationship between self-reported Learning Disabilities (LD) and low literacy performance, using the Canadian portion of the data from the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS).

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2012-06-05

Weaving a Tapestry of Stories: A Community Literacy Plan for the South Okanagan-Similkameen (2008)

The South Okanagan Similkameen Literacy Now Task Force was created in 2006 with the goal of developing a plan for increasing literacy levels in that region of British Columbia. This document outlines the plan that was developed, based on values of inclusion, lifelong learning, and building on existing strengths.

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2011-07-19

Literacy Now Communities Program Stage Three: Implementation 2008-2009 (2009)

This document provides a progress report on the South Okanagan Similkameen community literacy plan, which grew out of a task force set up in 2006 to develop a strategy for increasing literacy levels in that region of British Columbia.

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2011-07-19

Listen to Learn Youth Literacy Project - Phase II: Iroquois Falls (2001)

This is the report of a survey of six young people, between the ages of 16 and 19, who have left the school system. The author has tabulated information about their backgrounds, living arrangements, employment status, and parental literacy levels.

The author has also included a section of anecdotal data, including the respondents’ reasons for quitting school and their suggestions for making learning more relevant to themselves.

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2009-08-26

Addressing Canada's Literacy Challenge: A Cost/ Benefit Analysis (2009)

In this report, the authors discuss the cost and the importance of investing in literacy. They suggest that advanced literacy is the single most important tool that Canadians need to compete in the global economy and present estimates of the total cost of raising the literacy skill of the adult population to Level 3.

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2009-01-08

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