T. Scott Murray

Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths

How do you address misconceptions about literacy? Busted: 11 enduring literacy myths is a new policy brief from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and Scott Murray, it describes and debunks the following myths: Myth 1: Everyone can read so there can’t be a literacy problem. Myth 2: More education means better literacy…. Read more

Literacy Lost

Literacy Lost: Canada’s Basic Skills Shortfall is a new report from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray, this report uses PIAAC data to describe the shortage of literacy skills in Canada and why that matters. Here’s the introduction: Workplaces are changing quickly. Machines or algorithms are replacing some tasks,… Read more

Are Our Jobs Changing Our Literacy Skills?

Analysis of data from international literacy surveys reveals that: Although education levels have increased over the years, average skill levels did not rise as expected. While adults of all backgrounds gain and lose literacy skills over time, the general trend is a decline in an individual’s skills as they get older. The cognitive demands of… Read more

Smarten Up: It’s time to build essential skills

The Canada West Foundation has published Smarten Up: It’s time to build essential skills, a report analyzing data from the 2011 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) combined with the Canadian National Household Survey of the same year. Written by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray, the report includes information on essential… Read more