During the fall of 2007, Movement for Canadian Literacy (MCL) conducted an environmental scan of the Anglophone literacy field in Canada. Data was gather through the use of key informant interviews (19) and a literature review. A crossnational working group guided the development of the scan.
The intent of the environmental scan of the literacy field or sector was to set the stage for a larger study of the sector. The need to conduct a scan prior to the study was necessary because much of the knowledge about literacy work in Canada is informal and anecdotal. There is very little research that provides a comprehensive picture of the literacy field suitable to our purposes.
For the scan, the term “literacy sector” included organizations and people who do the work in the sector. Specifically:
The environmental scan has allowed us to determine that knowledge gaps exist in a number of key areas.