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ERIC Number: ED547393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
IALS and Essential Skills in Canadian Literacy Policy and Practice: A Descriptive Overview
Centre for Literacy, Paper Presented at Summer Institute 2013: Learning from IALS, Preparing for PIAAC (Montreal, QC, Canada, June 26-28, 2013)
This paper gathers descriptions on the use of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and essential skills cross Canada. IALS was developed as a population measure to lay out the distribution of skills and their relationship to other social and economic attributes. The information was taken from federal, provincial, and territorial governments' web sites searched between January and March 2013. The paper has six sections: Literacy Definitions, Literacy Policy, Literacy Benchmarks, Literacy Assessment, Workforce and Workplace Programming, and Literacy Organizations and IALS and Essential Skills. Also included is the Annex 1: International Adult Literacy Surveys: 1994-2013. This review provides a snapshot at a specific point in time, of the influence or uses of IALS on policy and practice in Canada. It confirms that IALS has a central place at the level of official statements in the Canadian literacy landscape. It shows some consistency in definitions taken directly or influenced by IALS and/or Essential Skills. However, in relation to benchmarks and assessments tools, provinces and territories are generally guided by their own education and labour market contexts. The review also shows that Essential Skills has become integral to labour market programming in many provinces and territories.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES)
Authoring Institution: Centre for Literacy
Identifiers - Location: Canada