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Getting ready for PIAAC 4

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a large scale survey that assesses skills in adult populations nationally and internationally. Initial results are scheduled to be released October 8, 2013. A coordinated tool for individual assessment has been designed by the OECD. Education and Skills On-line (also known as PIAAC on-line)… Read more

It’s Essential Skills Day!

Today is Essential Skills Day, a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. To celebrate this day, we’re going to start with a movie and end with a smile or two. To see what Bamfield, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Gold River and Quesnel are doing… Read more

Essential Skills and Families

Today is Essential Skills Day, a day that focuses awareness on essential skills in workplace settings. The nine essential skills are: reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others, and continuous learning. These are also skills that we use every day in our homes and with our families. Here are… Read more

Essential skill: Working with others

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. Today’s post focuses on the essential skill of working with others. Here’s a sample of some resources on working with others: Casino skills for working with… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Essential skill: Thinking skills

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. Today’s post focuses on the essential skill of thinking skills. Thinking skills encompass problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, planning and organizing, significant use of memory,… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Essential skill: Continuous learning

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. The essential skill of continuous learning recognizes that we need to continually acquire skills and knowledge. It includes knowing how to learn and knowing how to… Read more

Getting ready for PIAAC 3

Today we’ll be looking at a couple of resources about PIAAC in Canada. PIAAC in Canada is a presentation given by Patrick Bussière of the Skills Development Research Division, Policy Research Directorate, HRSDC, this summer. These Powerpoint slides give a good overview of PIAAC in Canada, including the main elements of PIAAC, details about PIAAC… Read more

Essential skill: Document use

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. Today’s post focuses on the essential skill of document use – the reading, interpreting and writing of a variety of information displays using words, numbers, icons… Read more

Family storytelling

Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. This Native American proverb reminds us of the power of stories. Small stories told in everyday conversations can be as beneficial for children’s development as reading books. Both… Read more

Essential skill: Oral communication

The 4th annual Essential Skills Day will be celebrated on September 27, 2013. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. Today’s post focuses on the essential skill of oral communication. Common ground: English in the workplace. Doug Parsons and Paul Holmes. Edmonton, AB: NorQuest College, 2010…. Read more