Fall Institute 2013: Presentations, Papers and Panel Discussions

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Exposés, Documents et Discussions

 

This page is divided into three sections: Background Readings, Presentations, and Panel Discussions. Background readings provide context for the presentations and discussions at the Institute. The Presentations section includes video footage of presentations made at the Institute and PDF versions of the Powerpoints used. The Panel Discussions section features videos of panel discussions at the Institute.

Each section is organized by topic. To find a reading or presentation by author or presenter, use Ctrl + F on your keyboard and type the name you are seeking to locate it on the page.

 

 

Background Readings

 

Country Information

See also Country Information papers for Summer Institute 2013 and Fall Institute 2011

 

Digital Literacy

Fall Institute 2013 Research Scan: Problem-Solving in a Technology Rich Environment and Related Topics

This scan features documents on digital competencies and the PIAAC domain of “Problem-Solving in a Technology-Rich Environment (PS-TRE), as well as documents and video presentations on the literacy and numeracy domains in PIAAC, as well as the Background Questionnaire.

 

Defining Essential Digital Skills in the Canadian Workplace: Final Report (2011), by Chris Chinien and  France Boutin (2011) - Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

This is the final report of a project that proposed a Canadian digital skills framework to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).  It was based on an international literature review and key informant interviews with employers in small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada focusing on issues related to digital skill needs.

 

 

Cognitive Skills Training to Bridge the Cognitive Skills Divide in Digital Technology, by France Boutin and Chris Chinien, Ph.D., Competences R & D.

Describes the background to and the development of online training materials to develop and enhance human cognitive skills. The materials are being developed according to best practices in the design of digital games and computerized brain training. They will include a pre-test, embedded tests, and a post-test to assess improvement in cognitive skills that can be attributed to training.

 

"Defining Digital Literacy", from Adult Literacy Education, a web log article by David J. Rosen, Ed.D. (2013, January).
http://davidjrosen.wordpress.com/2013/01

The author's response to the question posed by TEACH magazine “What Does Digital Literacy mean to you?” as well as that provided to the magazine by Mudita Kundra.

 

Digital Inclusion of People with Low Literacy - Communautique

An English summary of the Communautique report on digital inclusion for people with low literacy in Quebec, L'apprentissage au coeur des TIC : un portrait de l'inclusion numérique des personnes à faible littératie au Québec.

 

 

PIAAC, Learners and Programs

Voices Speak to the Data: Feedback from Participants in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial
Matthias Sturm, AlphaPlus; Kamran Ahmadpour, PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs

This short report summarizes the results of two independent surveys. The first was undertaken by AlphaPlus, surveying literacy practitioners about their own and adult learners’ experiences participating in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial. The second was undertaken by PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, surveying the learners in their program who participated in the Field Trial.

This short report summarizes the results of two independent surveys. The first was undertaken by AlphaPlus, surveying literacy practitioners about their own and adult learners’ experiences participating in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial. The second was undertaken by PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, surveying the learners in their program who participated in the Field Trial - See more at: http://alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/voices-speak-to-the-data/cat_view/77-voices-speak-to-the-data-feedback-from-participants-in-the-piaac-on-line-field-trial.html#sthash.8sLVc5UE.dpuf

 

Skills and Employment

Is There a Skills Mismatch in Canada?: A scan of relevant reports and commentaries

One of the issues PIAAC is expected to inform through the Survey of Skills Used at Work is “skills mismatch”. This selection of reports and commentaries show the range of the debate since 2011 about skills mismatch in the Canadian economy.

 

The Potential for Job Skills Analysis, by Francis Green, Institute of Education

A short paper supporting the author's Fall Institute presentation in which he makes a broad case for “job skills” analysis, using data on the use of skills in the workplace, summarizing the advantages and disadvantages of the available indicators of job skills, and illustrating the use of job skills indicators with some examples from a time series of skills use data that has been collected in Britain since 1986. 

 

 

Questions on the Pre-readings: Skills and employment, digital literacy and problem-solving

Panel participants:

Francis Green, Institute of Education, University of London
Chris Chinien and France Boutin, Compétences R & D
David Rosen, Adult education and technology consultant

Moderator:  Geneviève Dorais-Beauregard

 

 

 

 

Presentations

 

 

Day One: Overview, Q & A and Synthesis

 

Day Two: Q & A and Synthesis

 

 

 

Day Three: Q & A and Synthesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIAAC Findings

 

Skills in Canada - Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)
Presenter: Patrick Bussière, Skills Development Research, Employment and Social Development Canada

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This presentation looked at highlights of PIAAC in Canada, particularly the newer elements (PS-TRE) and offered some hypotheses that might explain the more surprising results.

 

 

Skilled for Life? Key Findings from the Survey of Adult Skills
Presenter: William Thorn, Education Directorate, Organisation for Economic Development (OECD)

William Thorn, OECD, connected by video link to outline international and Canadian PIAAC results, discuss OECD plans for PIAAC data, and answer questions from Institute participants.

 

Skills and Employment

See also Skills and Employment in pre-readings

Job Skills in Britain
Presenter: Francis Green, Institute of Education, University of London

The UK has been collecting longitudinal data on the link between skills and employment since 1986. The co-director of the most recent survey will discuss trends over time in his country and internationally. 

 

Measuring Skills Mismatch with PIAAC 
Presenter: Bruno Rainville, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

What does the PIAAC Background Questionnaire – and the Skills Used at Work – add to our understanding of the links between skills, employment, and well-being?  Does it help us better understand the phenomenon called “skills mismatch”? A Canadian researcher explains the difficulty in identifying skills mismatch. 


Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy in Canada: From Participation to Innovation
Presenter: Namir Anani, President & CEO, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

A look at the state of digital technology use in Canada and its economic impacts.

 

U.S. PIAAC PSTRE Findings
Presenter: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), US Department of Education (by Skype)

A discussion of the disappointing American PS-TRE results

 

U.S. PIAAC Results: Problem-Solving in a Technology Rich Environment
Presenter: David J. Rosen, Newsome Associates

Although U.S. PIAAC results for Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments are not as dismal as those for literacy and numeracy, given the technology resources in the U.S. why aren’t the results better? David Rosen looks at possible explanations and at promising developments that may led to better results in the future.

 

Response to the presentations on digital literacy and PS-TRE

Panel participants:

Chris Chinien and France Boutin, Compétences R&D – a research perspective
Matthias Sturm, AlphaPlus – a learner perspective
Anne Ramsay, Canadian Literacy and Learning Network – a provider/adult educator perspective

Moderator: Brigid Hayes, research-consultant
 

Reading Components in International Surveys

Reading components assessed in developing and developed countries
Presenter: Manuel Cardoso, UNESCO Institute for Statistics

This presentation looked broadly at the commonalities in the Reading Components framework used in LAMP and in PIAAC and at the results to consider possible responses from policy-makers and providers.
 

Uses of PIAAC Data

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and the situation of a few specific subpopulations of Canada
Presenter: Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Statistics Canada

This presentation took two hypothetical research questions related to the skills and well-being of of minority language groups, aboriginals and immigrants in Canada and explains why no single data set should be used alone to explain outcomes or to propose solutions.  He discusses how PIAAC data might be used in conjunction with other information to inform policy and practice.and discussed why no single data set should be used alone to explain outcomes or to propose solutions, and how PIAAC data might be used in conjunction with other information to inform policy and practice.

 

PIAAC, Learners and Programs

Andragogical Approach: An Action Research Project
Presenter: Donald Lurette, Consultant

Donald Lurette describes the development of the "Integrated model" to promoting literacy and essential skills in communities and how this has led to a  two-year action research project, funded by OLES.  RESDAC will try to implement the integrated model and its andragogical approach in 8 communities (4 Anglophone and 4 Francophone) across 4 Canadian provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

 

Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways (a new concept model for adult foundational learners)
Presenter: Elaine McPhee, Chair, Literacy and Essential Skills, Norquest College

The presenter explains how she was inspired to think the model of adult education programs at Northquest College after seeing a presentation at Fall Institute 2011, and how they based their programming on Practice Engagement Theory.

 

Looking back, looking forward Framing literacy learning and profiling identities

The two presentations below are in the following video:

 

 

Framing Literacy Learning as Information-Processing
Presenter: Christine Pinsent-Johnson, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education

Discusses how the information-processing model, constructed to guide the development of test tasks used in the IALS, ALLS, and PIAAC initiatives, is being turned into an all-inclusive approach to literacy learning at the federal level in Canada and in some provinces.

 

 

 

 

Panel Discussions

 

 

PIAAC Findings: International Perspectives

International skills assessments at home and abroad

Panel participants:

JD Carpentieri (England) - National Center for Research and Development in Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC), Institute of Education, University of London, UK. See also The Adult Basic Skills Context in England, by Professor Greg Brooks

Heidi Silver-Pacuilla (by Skype)  (USA) - US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). See also Literacy Assessment in the United States, by Cheryl Kennan.

Silvano Tocchi (Canada) - Employment and Social Development Canada – Workplace Partnerships Directorate (ESDC – WPD)

Soon Joo Gog (Singapore) -  Workforce Development Agency  (see Key Information about Singapore and Reasons for Participating in PIAAC)

Manuel Cardoso (Mongolia, Jordan, Palestine, Paraguay) - UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Panelists from four countries compare and contrast first reactions to PIAAC results and their expectations about how the findings may inform policy and programs on adult literacy and skills, a fourth looks at the reasons her country will participate in the next round, and the last reflects on similarities and differences between PIAAC and LAMP, the skills assessment used in developing countries.

 

PIAAC Findings: Provincial Perspectives

Looking backward, looking forward: Provincial and territorial reflections on presentations and on PIAAC results in different jurisdictions

Panel participants:

Karen Gatien, Government of Nova Scotia

Miriam Crammond, Government of New Brunswick

Paddy Buckley, Government of Ontario

Mark Walle, Government of Nunavut

Moderator: Michel Robillard, Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes

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