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Literacy Counts (1990)

Literacy is important - to individuals, in order for them to cope with the demands of everyday life in the workplace, home and community - as well as for the country as a whole.

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2005-02-10

Illiteracy and Human Rights (1990)

This document is available in French.

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2005-02-09

Moving the Markers (2003)

New Perspectives on Adult Literacy Rates in Canada

This report describes a project originally intended to identify demographic patterns among adults with low literacy skills in each Canadian province. The project was carried out between March 2000 and June 2001 under the auspices of Movement for Canadian Literacy (MCL). Project funding came from the National Literacy Secretariat of Human Resources Development Canada.

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2004-12-07

Literacy in Canada (2000)

The Literacy is for Life Fact Sheet series is a series of two-pager highlights on literacy and related topics.

This Fact Sheet highlights Literacy in Canada. Millions of Canadian adults can't work well with words and numbers.

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2004-11-04

Adult Literacy Work in Canada (1992)

Adult Literacy Work in Canada provides a map of the state of literacy work in Canada, which identifies key issues in literacy for the 1990's. This study is offered as a stimulus to informed discussion and debate on literacy questions in various Canadian jurisdictions. It is also intended as a contribution to maintain the level of public awareness developed during 1990, International Literacy Year.

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2004-07-30

Literacy scores, human capital and growth across fourteen OECD countries (2004)

Analysis of data from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) has demonstrated that directly assessed literacy and numeracy skills have a significant impact on a range of social and labour market outcomes observed at the individual level impacts that come on top of those attributable to educational attainment.

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2004-06-22

Enhancing the Basic Learning Skills of Older Nova Scotians (2003)

Context and Strategies

This publication provides background information and statistics about older adults living in Nova Scotia, gives an overview of learning in later life, identifies the barriers to learning, and suggests strategies to overcome them. It also includes a list of the resources in a related document, Enhancing the Basic Learning Skills of Older Nova Scotians—A Resource Kit, and many other resources available to support older adult learning.

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2004-06-18

The Impact of ABC CANADA's LEARN Campaign (1996)

Results of a National Research Study

In 1994, ABC CANADA initiated the LEARN campaign, a national media campaign aimed at linking potential literacy learners with literacy groups. Throughout the campaign, ABC CANADA gathered information from selected literacy groups about the effect of the LEARN ads. This study is the first systematic national attempt to measure the impact of the LEARN campaign.

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2003-10-10

Discovering the Strength of Our Voices (1991)

Women and Literacy Programs

This report discusses a research project undertaken to:
• examine how gender and the power balance of the male/female relationship affect women's access to, and experience of, literacy programs and how it affects the impact of literacy programs on women
• determine how literacy programs and literacy practice might be changed to better respond to the reality of the lives of adult women learners, and

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2003-10-07

Highlights from the Second Report of the International Adult Literacy Survey: (1997)

Literacy Skills for the Knowledge Society

While most people can read, the real question is whether their reading and writing skills meet the challenge of living and working in today's information-rich and knowledge intensive society and economy. This latest report on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) Literacy Skills for the Knowledge Society tells us that literacy means more than knowing how to read, write or calculate.

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2003-08-06

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