We asked key informants to provide us with their thoughts on they types of questions that the sector study should examine. The following list does not
represent a definitive list of questions to ask. Rather, it reflects the range of possible questions suggested by key informants.
- Who are the literacy workers in Canada?
- Where do they work?
- What is their pay and what are their working conditions?
- Do they get sick leave and other benefits?
- How many hours do they work that they are not paid for?
- What kind of training do they get?
- What kind of professional development is needed?
- Who is funding literacy work?
- What are the challenges in the sector and how can they be addressed?
- How does literacy and ABE compare across provinces and territories?
- What kind of work is being done in organizations that do not have literacy as a mandate, or are not funded through traditional sources?
- What is the role and future of volunteers?
- How can we look at progress in a different way than just literacy rates?
- What can the capacity of the field be built to?
- What are the relationships between policy and practice in the classroom?
- What are the conditions of unionized workers?
The study needs to be seen as credible and legitimate by both decision makers and the literacy field. We need to be clear about the purpose of the
research, its parameters, and how the results of the study will be used.