National Literacy Secretariat (NLS)

Program-Based Research in Literacy (1991)

This document contains some thoughts on research in the everyday life of literacy programs and an account of the author's experience. The author opts for a holistic practice of literacy that avoids too great a separation of the activities, the persons and the functions involved in the learning of reading and writing.

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2005-01-25

Consultation on Workplace Literacy (1997)

A Report

This report attempts to capture the debate and discussion that took place on June 11 and 12, 1997 in Ottawa, on workplace literacy. The NLS is working with its partners to create significant projects that will make a difference in the area of workplace literacy. As a first step, they convened a meeting of their partners who have experience in the area of workplace literacy.

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2004-04-05

Workplace Literacy and Basic Skills (1990)

This document provides the answers to several questions related to the benefit of literacy and basic skills training in the workplace. Included are definitions, a description of the importance of workplace basic skills upgrading, how to address and who delivers this training, a description of different approaches to literacy and basic skills training in the workplace, and much more.

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2003-11-07

Executive summary of the Use of Educational Software in Adult Literacy Programs: (1996)

A comparison of Integrated Learning Systems and Stand-alone Software

This research report outlines the research and results of a project designed to investigate some of the purported advantages of using Integrated Learning Systems (ILSes) in adult literacy programs in Manitoba. Specifically, it examined three systems currently being used in the province, namely TRO's PLATO, the Columbia Computer Corporation package, and the Pathfinder computer managed instruction system.

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2003-10-14

More than Plain Language (2002)

Adapting Health Communication for Hard-to-Reach Patients

This report describes how Phase 2 of the Literacy Health Project focused on finding ways to meet some of the identified needs based on the needs assessment of Phase 1.

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2002-12-18

Bibliography of Workplace Literacy Resources 1981-2002 (2002)

This document consists of a list of projects, products, learning materials and other items of interest found in the Literacy Resource Collection in the Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) Library. Most of the material is available for loan from the HRDC Library though the interlibrary lending system, and contact information is provided. The bibliography includes both English and French resources.

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2002-11-27

A Policy Conversation About Workplace and Workforce Literacy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1995)

This is a report on the National Literacy Secretariat's "Policy Conversation on New Technologies and Literacy." It provides background information about the NLS and an overview of some new technologies. It also explains the policy conversation process, which was intended to obtain information and opinions from the public about whether or not a policy on literacy and technology is needed and if it is, what some of its components might be.

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2002-08-19

The Maturing of a Profession (1999)

An Overview of Workplace Education Practitioner Development Opportunities

This report profiles some of the professional development opportunities made available to Workplace Education practitioners across Canada at the local, regional or national level in recent years.

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2002-08-06

Enhancing Literacy Research in Canada (1998)

Framework for the Research Support Activities of the National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada, A

Since its inception, the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) has supported research as one of the important elements in its work to advance literacy in Canada. In light of the 1995 evaluation of the NLS and the February 1997 increase in NLS funding, the Secretariat decided to reassess the focus of its research support activities.

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2002-08-01

Encouraging Adults to Acquire Literacy Skills (1990)

This resource includes the following:
- Information on who are the low-literate adults?
- What is literacy and why is it important in our society?
- Why do low-literate adults not participate in programs?
- What participants say about coming to adult basic literacy programs?
- And what about dropouts?
- Learner recruitment and retention
- Useful resources

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2002-07-29

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