Public policy

Flooded with Thoughts on Literacy While Bailing out in Calgary (2013)

In this paper, the author discusses the lessons about literacy she acquired while cleaning up after the disastrous flooding in Alberta in the summer of 2013.

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2014-04-09

Strengthening PLAR: Integrating theory and practice in post-secondary education (2007)

Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 5 (2007)

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) is commonly defined as the identification, measurement, and recognition of knowledge and skills acquired outside educational institutions through work and other life experience. In this article, the author proposes a conceptual model for PLAR in education.

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2014-04-07

The Foundations of a Competitive Canada: The Need for Strategic Infrastructure Investment (2013)

In this report, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce points to the need for permanent infrastructure funding, similar to ongoing investment in healthcare, education, recreation, and public safety.

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2014-01-30

First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results (2013)

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). This paper offers insights into the impact for Canada of the first results of PIAAC, including directions for future policy initiatives.

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2013-10-22

The Economic Benefits of Literacy: Evidence and Implications for Public Policy (2009)

This report provides an overview of how economists think about literacy, and what the available evidence suggests about the economic value of literacy.

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2013-09-17

Partnering for Knowledge Mobilization (2012)

In this presentation, the head of the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University in Toronto, Ontario, outlines an emerging institutional service designed to maximize the social, environmental, and economic impacts of university research.

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2013-08-12

Financial Capability and Poverty – Discussion Paper (2004)

This discussion paper, prepared by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) at the request of the Policy Research Initiative (PRI) of the Government of Canada, examines the research and practice of financial literacy as a complementary strategy to asset building.

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2013-06-05

International Dialogue on Resilience: Promising Practices for School Systems (2009)

Dialogue Proceedings

This document outlines the work of an international gathering of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from Canada, Germany, Australia, and the United States, who met in Ottawa, Ontario, in late 2009 to discuss practical approaches to promoting resilience in children and youth as learners.

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2013-06-03

Never too old to learn: Seniors and learning in Canada (2006)

Lessons in Learning – August 22, 2006

Seniors who continue to learn help themselves by maintaining healthy brain function, and contribute to society through continued participation in the workforce and through volunteerism.

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2013-02-22

Plain Language Summaries: Literacy Utilization in Canadian Workplaces (2008)

This brief document summarizes a Statistics Canada study that used data from the 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) to examine the issue of the under-utilization of literacy skills in the Canadian workplace.

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2013-01-07

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