Summer Institute 2012: Presentations

 

The following presentations are mostly in PDF format

 

Summer Institute 2012

Institutes

 

Case Studies

Thames Timber, New Zealand (video)

A National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults (New Zealand) video featuring a workplace literacy program focused on understanding lean manufacturing principles and practices.


Concepts

Between crisis rhetoric and workplace realities: What role for literacy and numeracy partnerships? - Stephen Black, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

A presentation by Dr. Stephen Black to the Industry Training Federation’s NZ Literacy Forum on a social practices approach to workplace learning as an alternative to the dominant view of workplace literacy and numeracy that emphasizes …”skill acquisition in a deficit-oriented, individualist and universalist model of work education, where the educational goals are upskilling through control and measurement.”

How culture and context impact the outcomes of workplace literacy and essential skills - Juliet Merrifield, St. Francis Xavier University

A look at the factors behind WLES in the workplace, including "ecologies of learning".

Workplace Cultures: From restrictive to expansive - Jay Derrick, Institute of Education, University of London

Jay Derrick presented An Analytical Taxonomy of Embedded Workplace LES Programs as a possible framework for considering issues of workplace context and learning culture.


Literature Reviews

Conversations about culture and context in WLES: Findings from the literature review - Juliet Merrifield, St. Francis Xavier University

Juliet Merrifield discussed the draft literature review on the Summer Institute topic which was made available to participants before the Institute. The literature review will be completed in August or September 2012.

 

 

Policy Outcomes

Ten Years of Investing in Skills for Life (UK): What was the ROI?  - Alison Wolf, King’s College London [video of presentation]

Through a video link Alison Wolf discussed her research on the impacts of the UK Skills for Life strategy on the effectiveness of workplace LES programs.

Alison Wolf presentation_June 27, 2012 from The Centre for Literacy on Vimeo.

 


Projects in Development

Up Skill Athabasca: Providing Essential Skills for the Athabasca Region and the Oil Sands Industry - Janet Lane, Literacy Alberta, T. Scott Murray, DataAngel Policy Research

Presenting the strategies and challenges of developing a large-scale demonstration project that will work across sectors and industries in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta.

An integrated model: A new approach for embedding LES services in francophone communities across Canada - Jocelyn Charron, The Centre for Literacy, and  Donald Lurette, Le Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC)

The presenters outlined the overall approach undertaken by RESDAC to engage their members and their new integrated model for community development.

 


Research Projects

Developing Essential Skills in Different Contexts: What works for whom and what are conditions for success - Suzanne Taschereau, Association of Canadian Community Colleges

Embedding Literacy and Essential Skills in the Workplace: Lessons from Research in Three Sectors - Diana Twiss, Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC, and Tracy Defoe, The Learning Factor

The presenters spoke about the process and the findings from Decoda Literacy Solutions’ three-year research project “Embedding Literacy and Essential Skills in the Workplace.”, which explored a variety of ways to think and talk about literacy and essential skills in a workplace context and developed a series of strategies to engage people at all levels in the activity of embedding. The researchers focused on healthcare, corrections, and aboriginal friendship centre workplaces.

How context shapes WES training: An early look at the Workplace Training Program, BC - David Gyarmati, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, and Karen Myers, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

A look at the BC-based Workplace Training Program (WTP) in the Retail and Food Services sectors as an example of the importance of context in the development and delivery of workplace essential skills.

Measuring context and initial conditions for evaluations of workplace ES training: Early results from the implementation of the Measures of Success project - David Gyarmati, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, and Karen Myers, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

Early results from the implementation of Measures of Success, a three-year research project designed to develop and apply an evaluation model to measure the long-term outcomes of workplace literacy and essential skills initiatives in Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Practice to Work: Literacy, Culture and the Workplace - Steve Reder, Portland State University [video of presentation]

This presentation connected literacy practices and the culture of the workplace with workplace literacy and essential skills (WLES), drawing illustrative examples from programs and workplaces in Canada, New Zealand, England, and the United States and discussing a long-term longitudinal study of adults that followed changes in their literacy, employment, education and training over a decade.

UPSKILL: Essentials to Excel: A Pan-Canadian Demonstration Project [Update] - David Gyarmati, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, and Karen Myers, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

A look at UPSKILL, a national demonstration project in the Tourism sector as an example of the importance of context in the development and delivery of workplace essential skills.

 

Resources and Services

Conversations about UK workplace projects:  The London Underground, Armed Forces - Jay Derrick, Institute of Education, University of London

A discussion of a basic skills program for members of the British Army Whole Organisation Approach/ Lessons Learnt (Basic Skills Agency) and a basic skills program developed by the London Underground that does not access any government funding.

Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT) Round Table - Paul Brinkhurst, FutureWorx

This informal round table discussed the subject of employability skills assessment and saught input on how the Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT) being developed by FutureWorx can best meet user needs.

NALD as your Project Partner - Bill Stirling, Lorette Melanson, NALD

A discussion how the National Adult Literacy Databse (NALD) is changing the services it offers to adapt to new technological and financial realities.

 

WLES Workforce

Occupational Task Profiles: A Pan-Canadian Snapshot of the Canadian Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce [think paper] - Lindsay Kennedy, Canadian Literacy and Learning Network

Discusses "A Snapshot of Occupational Task Profiles: Canadian Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce", which examines the competencies needed by educators working in the Literacy and Essential Skills field.

 

 

 

 

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