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Brian, Dr Donna J G djgbrian at utk.edu
Wed Dec 5 23:49:17 EST 2007

Workplace Discussion List Members,
I am away from my desk this week, and I don't have my list of all the resources that have been featured as Thursday Resources in the past. All this to say that there may be some resources below that have been featured in the past. Hopefully, some of the resources, new or re-presented, will be of use to you.

Donna Brian, Moderator
NIFL Workplace Literacy Discussion List
djgbrian at utk.edu


Brought to our attention by New Zealand Literacy Portal http://www.nzliteracyportal.org.nz/

"NALD at Work" (Can)
In order to participate fully in the workforce and in a democratic society, individuals must have a firm foundation of literacy and essential skills. To help make that happen, the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) has expanded its focus to encompass the world of work. NALD at Work is an online repository containing program models, teaching and learning materials, assessment tools, research documents and much more.
http://www.naldatwork.ca/ <http://www.naldatwork.ca/>

"Basic Skills - Identifying and meeting needs: Information for people who give advice on courses, careers and employment"
Find ways to broach the issue of basic skills needs, give sympathetic advice and recommend relevant training options. This handy booklet highlights the implications of poor basic skills and suggests signs to look for in assessing someone's basic skills needs. It helps you to gain insights into the particular concerns of specific groups of people and gives a useful overview of types of provision.
http://www.basic-skills.co.uk/resources/resourcessearchresults/detail.php?ResourceID=1615948013 <http://www.basic-skills.co.uk/resources/resourcessearchresults/detail.php?ResourceID=1615948013>

"NRDC - Insights: Skills and social practices: making common cause - 2007 (UK)"
This UK policy paper (28 pages) from NRDC (National Research and Development Centre) examines two key approaches, social practice and skills-driven, often seen as diametrically opposed, for tackling low skills. The paper argues that the two approaches are in fact mutually supportive in teaching strategies, assessment and classroom relationships.
http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=120 <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=120>

"Programmes for unemployed people since the 1970s: The changing place of literacy, language and numeracy - 2007 (UK)"
This UK review (60 pages) from NRDC is a survey of government initiatives and programmes for unemployed people and jobseekers since the 1970s. It draws on the differing place of literacy, language and numeracy in these programmes and assesses their effectiveness in relation to LLN education.
http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=121 <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=121>

"The who is learning what study: Measuring participant gains in contextualised & academic education rograms" - 2007 (Can)
This report (54 pages) from the Preparatory Training Programs of Toronto looks at how much literacy knowledge is transferable from academic learning environments to workplace reading, writing and numeracy tasks and how much is transferable from workforce-focused programmes to academic tasks.
http://ptp.ca/main/pdf/wily2005.pdf <http://ptp.ca/main/pdf/wily2005.pdf>

NDRC Reflect Magazine
The latest version of the Reflect online magazine is now available. There are a number of articles on workplace literacy including a special report on why workplace learning needs to be specially tailored; how poor literacy and numeracy affect adults' lives; interview with David Hunter, Chief Executive of Lifelong Learning UK; how to encourage learners' persistence.

http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=122 <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=122>

"'Bestimation': Using basic calculators in the numeracy classroom"

This is one of five titles in the Effective teaching and learning: Development project reports series. This report looks at how the imaginative use of calculators can enhance teaching and learning in adult numeracy classes. It suggests a range of activities to develop estimation and problem-solving skills, providing learners with opportunities for self-directed and self-paced learning.

http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=108 <http://www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=108>


>From NCVER http://www.ncver.edu.au/ <http://www.ncver.edu.au/>

"Thinking beyond numbers: Learning numeracy for the future workplace"
Data from Australia and the United States indicate that adults with low numeracy skills are not only economically disadvantaged but also receive fewer opportunities for training and development. However, when such people participate in training, they achieve significant personal and economic benefits. What is not sufficiently well understood is how numeracy skills are best learned in workplaces. This study sought to address this gap in the research.
http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nl05202/nl05202e.pdf <http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nl05202/nl05202e.pdf> "

"Responding to health skills shortages: Innovative directions from vocational education and training"
This research examines innovative solutions developed by the vocational education and training (VET) sector in response to skill shortages in the health sector. The study focuses on VET-trained workers in the health industry, and includes enrolled nurses, nursing assistants, personal care assistants, allied health assistants and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. The research, which also examines innovative overseas approaches to skill shortages in this industry, found that a partnership approach was one answer to dealing with skills shortages in this sector.
http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/1833.html <http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/1833.html>

"Workplace Numeracy"
There is little research into workplace literacy which makes this report particularly valuable. Beth Marr has been one of the leaders of adult numeracy internationally and Jan Hagston is a highly regarded Australian literacy expert. The report highlights the criticality of numeracy in the workplace and that many workers use tacit maths skills in their job roles even though they lack confidence in their "school" maths skills.

For the report (40 pages) http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nl05002.pdf <https://tmail.utk.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nl05002.pdf>

For the support document (58 pages) http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nl05002s1.pdf

"Improving Learning in the Workplace"

This research brief contains interesting information about workplaces, not just as places which produce goods and services, but as very important sites of learning.

http://www.tlrp.org/pub/documents/no7_rainbird.pdf <http://www.tlrp.org/pub/documents/no7_rainbird.pdf>

"Embedding Literacy Skills into Assertiveness Training" (UK)

Assertiveness training is a feature of many learning programmes. Here is a group session plan and resources to help embed the UK core literacy curriculum into assertiveness training. This exemplar session plan and materials offer some ideas on how such training can be a vehicle for literacy skills development.

http://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/default.aspx?tok=20&atk=1254 <https://tmail.utk.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/default.aspx?tok=20%26atk=1254>

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