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Last updated 10 May 2013 11:24 by NZTecAdmin

1. How adults develop their literacy and numeracy expertise

1.1 Adults engage in learning for their own larger purposes. These purposes are associated with their roles in society as workers, family members and community members. Read the summary or detailed description.

1.2 Adult learners develop expertise by building on their existing knowledge, skills and experiences. Read the summary or detailed description.

1.3 Adult learners develop their literacy and numeracy most effectively in contexts that have meaning to them. As learners develop their expertise, their increasing awareness of their knowledge and skills allows them to apply them in a wide range of contexts. Read the summary or detailed description.

1.4 Adults who have experienced repeated failure are likely to feel anxious and reluctant to engage in further learning. Read the summary or detailed description.

2. The features of effective embedded literacy and numeracy provision

2.1 Successful approaches to embedding literacy and numeracy clearly link the literacy, numeracy and vocational components of the course. Read the summary or detailed description.

2.2 Where tutors work as a team, learners are more likely to stay in training and complete literacy and/or numeracy qualifications in addition to vocational qualifications. Read the summary or detailed description.

2.3 Effective assessment in programmes where literacy and numeracy are embedded makes use of Learning Progressions to provide direction for teaching programmes and to monitor progress toward learning goals. Read the summary or detailed description.

2.4 Embedded literacy and numeracy provision is facilitated by appropriate organisational policies, management structures, resourcing and working conditions. Read the summary or detailed description.

3. The workplace as a context for strengthening literacy and numeracy

3.1 Changes in the nature of work mean that companies have to be more sophisticated if they are to compete effectively in a modern, global market. Read the summary or detailed description.

3.2 To participate successfully in new work processes, adults need to participate in workplace learning that is underpinned by literacy and numeracy skills. Read the summary or detailed description.

3.3 There are benefits for employers and employees when employees increase their literacy and numeracy skills. Read the summary or detailed description.

3.4 Employers need support to make and act upon the connections between literacy and numeracy, job performance and productivity. Read the summary or detailed description.

4. Managing and sustaining change to achieve effective long-term embedding of literacy and numeracy

4.1 Organisations are more likely to develop and maintain effective approaches to embedding literacy and numeracy when the value of literacy and numeracy is understood and literacy and numeracy are viewed as integral parts of vocational training. Read the summary or detailed description.

4.2 Teaching materials are important tools that can substantially influence the content and enactment of instruction. Read the summary or detailed description.

4.3 Professional development programmes can be effective in improving tutor practice and learner performance. Read the summary or detailed description.

4.4 Assessment data provides valuable information that can be used systematically to improve programmes. Read the summary or detailed description.

5. The role of assessment in strengthening literacy and numeracy of adults

5.1 Assessment of adults’ literacy and numeracy is done for different purposes and in a variety of ways. The primary purpose of assessment should be to gather information about adults’ literacy- and numeracy-related knowledge and skills in order to support teaching and learning. Read the summary or detailed description.

5.2 Information from assessment is used for decision-making, accountability and reporting by educators, and at an organisational level. Read the summary or detailed description.

5.3 Assessment recognises that adult learners have an extensive knowledge base and a wide range of experiences on which to base new learning. Read the summary or detailed description.

5.4 Assessment tasks reflect the literacy and numeracy knowledge, skills and strategies required in the various contexts of adult life. Such tasks give learners opportunities to demonstrate their ability to apply what they know and can do in different contexts. Read the summary or detailed description.

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