in Literacy and Upgrading Programs:
Why arent they
CANADAs latest research project is a national study on adults who have
never contacted a literacy or upgrading program.
Nonparticipation in Literacy and Upgrading Programs: a National
Study and the executive summary version, entitled Why arent they
calling?, examines responses from 866 Canadian adults without a high school
diploma, and explores the reasons why they have never asked for help to further
their literacy skills.
60 per cent of those interviewed had thought about the idea of taking upgrading
or completing their high school diploma, although only 20 per cent think they
will actually take a program in the next five years.
Regardless of need, interviewees are more likely to expect to take an
upgrading program, the higher their level of schooling.
cent of respondents are aware of programs in their communities.
cent of respondents indicate a need for improvement in at least one skill
Work-related reasons are most frequently cited as reasons for thinking about
taking a program, especially among the young.
- Those who
state they might take a program in the next five years indicate that a
classroom in a local school, college or university is the preferred venue.
Among this group, small classroom settings with 5-10 students or one-to-one
tutoring were preferred formats.
report includes several suggestions for action:
policy-makers, on how they can help remove barriers to upgrading related to
financial and family care challenges;
employers and unions, on how they can help remove work-related
the literacy field, on how it can help remove cognitive/emotive barriers
and improve the appeal of programs.
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full report or the executive summary, contact ABC CANADA at 1-800-303-1004. For
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