About Literacy

Adult Literacy in Canada: Results of a National Study. Statistics Canada. 1991. LPM TR IP ADU

This report presents the findings of a survey entitled "Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities", and has the intention of making the results understandable to the Canadian Public. A wide range of areas that have implications for adult literacy are presented including health, old age, workplace, gender, migration, language, and labour.

Broken Words: Why Five Million Canadians are Illiterate: the Southam Literacy Report. Calamai, Peter. Southam Communications. 1988. LPM TR IP BRO

Looks at the extent of illiteracy in Canada, the effects of illiteracy, and remedial measures undertaken by the public and private sector.

Canadian Woman Studies. "Women and Literacy", vol. 9, nos. 3 & 4. 1988.

This issue of Canadian Woman Studies contains a collection of articles written by women involved in literacy programs as workers and learners. Poems and other learner produced selections are included. Some of the topics presented are: immigrant women workers and literacy, Native women's literacy issues, literacy and disabled women, personal experiences of learners, programs and services across Canada, literacy and development, literacy in Eritrea, Nicaragua, and India.

Deaf-Children and Literacy. Padden, Carol A. Geneva: UNESCO: International Bureau of Education. 1990. LPM TR IP PAD

A short booklet discussing issues relevant to literacy and deaf children. Includes a list of suggested readings.

Intergenerational Family Literacy: A Report on the Chilliwack Community Project. Bate, Barbara. University College of the Fraser Valley. 1993. LPM TR IP BAT c.2

This report describes the Chilliwack Intergenerational Family Literacy Project in eight separate stages of development. Information of family literacy contacts, resources, and programs in Canada and the US follow the report.

Illiteracy and Human Rights. Miller, Louise. Ottawa: National Literacy Secretariat. 1990. LPM TR C GEN MIL

This document examines the current situation of illiteracy and human rights in Canada. It provides specific case histories with excerpts from personal interviews of individuals lacking basic literacy skills who are prevented from fully exercising their social and human rights. Proposals are offered in an attempt to remove the obstacles that people in this situation experience.

Listen to Women in Literacy: The power of women-positive literacy work. Atkinson, Tannis, Frances Ennis and Betty-Ann Lloyd. Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW). Fernwood Publishing. Toronto. 1994. LPM TR D SPA ATK

"This is a book written and designed for intermediate adult literacy students. It contains material from: The power of women-positive literacy work--Program-based action research and Women in literacy speak--The power of woman-positive literacy work." A collection of the experiences and descriptions of what twelve different programs across Canada attempted to do that would be positive for women, and what they learned in the process. This book could be used in several ways. The authors hope that it will help others understand women and literacy, and that programs may use it to start talking about women in their programs.

Literacy Counts. Perrin, Burt. Ottawa: National Literacy Secretariat. 1990. LPM TR IP PER

This short booklet considers both the economic, and human costs of illiteracy to Canadian society. It also asks the question of just how literate Canadians are, and what can be done to promote literacy.

Literacy for Life: Report on Partnerships for Children's Literacy. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Education. 1991. LPM TR PL LIT

The ideas resulting from a series of meetings to promote community partnerships for children's literacy in Ontario are summarized in this publication. A listing of specific proposals for future action to support children's literacy development and a survey of existing programs are outlined.

Literacy 2000: Make the Next Ten Years Matter. A Conference Summary. New Westminster, BC: BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology; Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada; National Literacy Secretariat; and Douglas College, BC. LPM TR IP LIT

This conference summary contains papers written by conference presenters specifically for this publication, along with a critique of the conference design and recommendations. Issues covered include defining literacy; conceptions and strategies; meeting learner needs; interpreting literacy, culture and content; literacy and the job site; and training instructors.

Literacy and Poverty: A View from the Inside. Research Report. Literacy Training for Low Income People: some issues and solutions. National Anti-Poverty Organization. Ottawa. 1992. LPM TR IP LIT

This report is one chapter taken from a larger study by NAPO exploring the connection between poverty and literacy. Outlined are specific barriers which prevent low income people from participating in literacy training, and essential characteristics of good literacy programs for them. The information given is helpful for looking at funding, designing, and running literacy training to respond better to the needs of low income learners.

Mobilizing Women for Literacy. Lind, Agneta. Geneva: UNESCO: International Bureau of Education. 1990. LPM TR IP LIN

This booklet takes a global look at the social, political, and development issues that affect women's literacy. Examples of national literacy campaigns and direction for future action are offered.

More Than Words Can Say: Personal Perspectives on Literacy. Toronto: McCIelland and Stewart. 1990. LPM . TR PL MOR

This publication was initiated by the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE) to commemorate International Literacy Year, and to promote awareness of the importance of literacy. A novel approach is taken by compiling the personal reflections, 'in the form of short stories, of well known Canadian authors and journalists. A short biography and photograph of the author accompanies each selection. This format offers a personal touch, and makes for entertaining reading while commenting on relevant issues pertaining to literacy.

Native Literacy Research Report. Rodriguez, Carmen and Don Sawyer. Salmon Arm, BC: Native Adult Education Resource Centre, Okanagan College. 1990. LPM TR IP ROD

This report addresses questions of what potential literacy learners have to say about literacy. More specifically what barriers interfere with learning, and what do learners consider as a positive learning environment. These questions are related to current literacy theory and effective practices. Included are the findings of a survey conducted in several Native communities in British Columbia, and an overview of innovative practices and illustrative programs.

Put it on the List ... Pike, Sue. United Way of Canada. 1991. LPM TR PP PUT text

This is a. package of mixed-media materials consisting of a video called "Litrasee! Put it on the list", a folder called "Literacy Support Work: An Integrated Approach" and a handbook that serves as a facilitator's guide to using the video and folder in training workshops. The handbook includes: a survey to test how open and accessible your office is to people who cannot read or write well; a section on how to make your written materials easier to read; and a training module with ideas for planning and running a literacy awareness workshop in your program.

Reading Skills of Adults in Canada. Excerpts from the publication Adult Literacy in Canada: Results of a National Survey. Ottawa: Ministry of Industry, Science, and Technology. 1992. LPM TR B RES MON

As the title indicates this report is based on the original publication of the national survey on adult literacy. Provided here is a summary of information related to reading skills of the adult population in Canada. Major findings are presented and an analysis of reading and literacy skill levels related to selected characteristics are included.

Reading the Legal World: Literacy and Justice in Canada. Report of the Canadian Bar Association Task Force on Legal Literacy. Ottawa: The Canadian Bar Association. 1992. LPM TR IP REA

Due to the shortage of information on the relationship between literacy and the law, a Task Force was created to examine how the law serves people with limited reading skills. A research study was initiated to survey the experiences of members of the literacy and legal communities focusing on how they deal with this issue. The resulting report provides the findings and recommendations of this study along with a description of the research process used.

The Reluctant Learner: A Research Report on Nonparticipation and Dropout in Literacy Programs in BC. Thomas, Audrey M. Victoria, BC: British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology. 1990. LPM TR IP THO

A project to explore reasons for non-participation in ABE literacy programs and reasons for dropout from such programs in BC, are summarized in this report. A detailed description of the study is presented, as well as the major findings, and a literature review of adult education studies.

Spelling it Out and in French: Illiteracy and literacy training among francophones in Canada. Boucher, André. Montreal: Institut canadien d'education des adultes. 1993. LPM TR IP BOU c.1-2

"A critical study of the circumstances of Francophones in Canada: required reading for all those who are interested in literacy action and the fate of Canada's French-speaking population."

Voices from the Literacy Field. Draper, James A. and Maurice C. Taylor (eds.). Toronto: Culture Concepts. 1992 LPM TR PL VOI

This book may be used as a valuable tool in analysing and studying basic adult education principles, philosophies, and theories that are closely linked to and guide good practice. A selection of case studies from all regions of Canada attempts to capture the experience of literacy practitioners, and their students. At the end of each case study discussion questions are used to provoke further reflection. Issues looked at include the foundation of literacy, community building, special needs, activating student participation, and workplace literacy.

Women, Literacy and Action: A Handbook. Breen, Mary (ed.) Toronto: Ontario Literacy Coalition. 1991. LPM TR IP WOM WOMEN

Written by a group of ten literacy workers, this handbook contains suggestions for literacy programs interested in planning International Women's Day activities, and includes a list of resources. Literacy is examined in relation to feminism, visible minority women, health, Native women, parenting and poverty, with a wide range of analyses, and several underlying themes that emerge to reflect women's experiences in our society. A section is also devoted to activities intended to spark action that workers, volunteers, and learners can do together.

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