Monthly Archives: January 2017

Citizenship, social cohesion and literacy

I ran across an article from some time ago making the case for a link between literacy levels and active citizenship. Given some of the conditions being faced in the world today, I thought it would be helpful to share … Continue reading

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More PIAAC research documents

Thanks to Suzanne Smythe, Simon Fraser University and Gabriela Lopez, RESDAC for bringing two more PIAAC related research papers to my attention. Statistics Canada. “Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective 2016.” http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-604-x/2016001/toc-tdm-eng.htm RESDAC, COFA, Statistics Canada and Employment Ontario … Continue reading

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Diving deeper into PIAAC

When PIAAC was first released, the federal government shared with the literacy field a list of topics that would be explored in more depth. These topics included: Skills and the Labour Market Skills of Immigrants Official Language Minorities Skills of … Continue reading

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Quebec increases literacy funding

Finally some good news on the literacy front. Last month, Quebec’s Minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx, announced an additional $20m for literacy programs. Community-based literacy is funded through PACTE: « Programme d’action communautaire sur le terrain de l’éducation ». $9m of the … Continue reading

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PIAAC – a view from Saskatchewan

Donna Woloshyn provided detailed comments on my post about Ralf St. Clair’s PIAAC analysis (Plus ça change – The failure of PIAAC to drive evidence-based policy in Canada.) I thought these comments would be interesting for everyone to read. With … Continue reading

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Rejecting benchmarking…

In my last post, I wrote about Ralf St. Clair’s paper in which he contends that PIAAC has had little, if any affect policy and practice. One element has been the centre of policy activity – the use of PIAAC … Continue reading

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Changes in the federal cabinet

Justin Trudeau made a few changes in his cabinet today. MaryAnn Mihychuk, who was Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour has been moved out of cabinet. Her position appeared to be the one responsible for literacy and essential skills at … Continue reading

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