Socioeconomic conditions

Student achievement: What should we really be measuring? (2005)

Lessons in Learning – October 13, 2005

The question of how much and how well children are learning in school is a concern for parents, students, employers, and the general public. The authors of this article look at three critical measures of success: student achievement in the core areas of language, mathematics and science; the disparity of student achievement among different socioeconomic groups; and high-school dropout rates.

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2013-05-23

Canada's Literacy Challenge: A Market Segmentation Analysis (2008)

The authors look at the way literacy levels of adult Canadians influence the country’s economic and social success. They analyse a variety of research materials, including Statistics Canada documents, showing that differences in literacy skills are associated with large differences in employability, wage rates, income, and reliance on social transfers such as social assistance.

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2013-04-25

Poverty – Fact Sheet (2012)

In this fact sheet, the authors begin by pointing out that low literacy, poverty, and exclusion are all part of the same problem. Low literacy and poverty create a cycle that is difficult to break.

Children from low-income households are at risk of low literacy. If parents are not equipped to actively engage with the school system, their children may be more likely to drop out of school.

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2013-01-22

Plain Language Summaries: A Socio-economic Analysis of Health and Literacy Among Seniors (2007)

This is a summary of a Statistics Canada study examining the relationship between the socio-economic factors that shape population health on the one hand, and literacy levels and practices on the other, with special emphasis on senior citizens.

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2012-12-10

Adult Learners and Digital Media: Exploring the usage of digital media with adult literacy learners (2012)

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This research report is based on a small-scale study undertaken to explore the attitudes and experiences of adult Canadians who are non-users or limited users of digital media and information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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2012-10-31

Impacts of Low Literacy Levels in Rural New Brunswick: A literature review (2008)

This document outlines a study commissioned by the Rural Secretariat (New Brunswick) and carried out by the Rural and Small Town Programme at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. The study’s goal was to summarize the impacts of low literacy levels in rural New Brunswick through a literature review, and to provide a comprehensive inventory of all literacy programs and services available in the province as of March 2008.

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2011-06-17

Human Capital and Canadian Provincial Standards of Living (2006)

What determines the differences in living standards across economies over the long run? This is the basic question that the authors of this paper attempt to answer. More specifically, this paper examines the role of human capital accumulation in explaining relative levels of income per capita across Canadian provinces between 1951 and 2001.

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2008-05-23

Blueprint for Action (2007)

Building a Foundation for Self-Sufficiency

The purpose of the Premier’s Community Non-Profit Task Force is to recommend to the Government how it can develop a partnership with the non-profit sector that will strengthen the ability of the sector to function effectively as the third pillar of socio-economic development.

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2007-12-20

Gaining and Losing Literacy Skills Over the Lifecourse (2007)

This study uses data from IALS and ALL to explore how Canada’s stock of literacy skill evolved over the nine year period from 1994 to 2003. It employs a synthetic cohort analysis to document net skill change for various demographic groups for Canada and the provinces and to explore the individual characteristics that influence whether a particular group has gained or lost skill on average over the nine year reference period.

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2007-08-10

Facing the New Economy (1996)

Book 2

This essay is the second in the Newfoundland and Labrador Adult Basic Education Social History Series, developed to provide adult learners with meaningful literacy materials drawn from their own vibrant culture. The intended audience for the series is ABE Level 1 students. Because of the disparate subject matter, however, the essays are written in varying degrees of reading difficulty.

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2004-08-23

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