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ERIC Number: ED517169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9218-0968-2
Building the Foundations: Outcomes from the Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Search Conference. Discussion Paper
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Adult language, literacy and numeracy are essential ingredients for greater workforce participation, productivity and social inclusion. Both national and international research demonstrate the relationship between increasing levels of language, literacy and numeracy proficiency and positive outcomes for individuals, as well as for communities and the economy. Yet, even with this knowledge, there is still much that is unknown or requires broader debate. For example, what is the extent of adult language, literacy and numeracy provision in Australia? Whose responsibility is it to provide language, literacy and numeracy training in the workplace? Is there a need for targeted funding? What are the longer-term outcomes of literacy and numeracy programs? What programs work best for different types of learners? How can individuals quantify the civic and social benefits of improved literacy and numeracy? Following on from the May 2010 announcement of a $120 million investment by the Australian Government in adult literacy and numeracy activities, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) hosted a forum on behalf of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on 13 September 2010 to explore these questions and to determine what needs to be done to find the answers. This paper presents a summary of those discussions and recommendations for future action. Background papers prepared for the forum are also provided in chapters 1-6. Forum participants emphasised that, while literacy should be everyone's business, for those concerned with public policy the focus should be on: (1) targeting those most in need; (2) finding sustainable funding models; and (3) measuring success. To do this will require further effort to better understand what is currently being done to address literacy and numeracy problems across the country and how to make adult literacy and numeracy a more prominent issue in the community and, in response, to devise sound strategies to implement and measure the impact of new activities. Individual chapters contain footnotes and references. (Contains 1 table and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia