Summer Institute 2013: Learning from IALS, Preparing for PIAAC - June 26-28, 2013




Documents Prepared for Institute

See also the papers included on our Perspectives from Six Countries page

At the Institute




At the Institute we looked at what we could learn from the experience of IALS and ALL, and other adult literacy surveys across Canada and other countries. We discussed how to make the most effective use of soon-to-be released PIAAC results, looked at the new segments--problem-solving in technology-rich environments and the reading components – and at the implications of changes in levels and cut-off. How can the results be presented to multiple audiences in ways that are easily understood and applied?


Participating experts

Paul Bélanger, Associate Professor at the University of Québec in Montreal, is founder and director of the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche/développement sur l'éducation permanente (CIRDEP) and of l'Observatoire Compétences-emploi, a centre that monitors trends in continuing education and development of competencies.

Patrick Bussière, Director of the Learning Policy Research Division of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Greg Brooks, literacy research consultant, retired from University of Sheffield (UK)

Jean-Pierre Jeantheau, Chargé de mission national, Agence nationale de lutte contre l’illettrisme, France

Bryan Maddox, senior lecturer in education and development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Stephen Reder, Professor, Portland State University, Oregon, who shared strategies from the US as they create and implement a dissemination process for PIAAC results.

Katerina Sukovski, Coordinator, Literacy and Education, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

William Thorn, Senior Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), who opened the institute with a presentation on PIAAC and the OECD skills strategy.




The Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF) collects, disseminates and makes knowledge and know-how in French accessible to all involved in education, from adult literacy and training to the advancement of women’s issues, in Québec and in all francophone communities across Canada.



Le Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC) works with its members and partners to develop strategies to improve the Literacy and Essential Skills of French speaking adults in Canada. RESDAC activities are based on a shared vision of lifelong learning as an essential instrument that enables all Francophones to be fully engaged in the civic, economic, social and cultural activities of their community.


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Dawson College is the largest English language CEGEP in Quebec with more than 11,000 students enrolled full and part-time in over 25 academic programs that prepare them for university studies or for the workforce. A diversity of cultures and languages among its students, faculty and staff, enriches both the learning and the life experience. Dawson College housed The Centre for Literacy from 1989 to 2009.



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