At a forum in October, Professor Stephen Reder, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University spoke about research outcomes from the Longitudinal Study of Adult Learning (LSAL), which systematically compared the learning trajectories and life outcomes of 1000 adults over a ten year period. He will focus on the outcomes from this research that demonstrate how adult literacy and numeracy program participation influences changes in skills and practices used in social and employment contexts.
Professor Reder has been brought to Australia as keynote speaker at the ACAL 2014 Conference 'Literacy: a learning spiral for life'.
Friday, 7th November 2014 - 10am to 1.00pm
Free, Melbourne CBD
This is an action research project bringing together literacy, numeracy and foundation skills practitioners from community (Learn Local) organisations with workplaces and worker groups that are relevant to particular Learn Local areas. The project aims to deepen the skills and knowledge of Learn Local teachers and managers in the practice of workplace education and training.The project aims to deepen the skills and knowledge of Learn Local teachers and managers in the practice of workplace education and training.
The workshop will address the following issues:
Is your organisation ready to approach business?
Where do I start (including leveraging existing relationships)?
Examples of best practice
ACAL and QCAL had a webinar on using the free VALBEC numeracy resources. Over 100 people joined in while the author, Beth Marr, took us through some strategic thinking as well as presentation tips.
This event is now concluded but you can still watch it.
Literacy and numeracy skills form part of a person’s ‘human capital’, and are important for economic and social participation.
Research for Australia has found that having better literacy and numeracy skills increases the likelihood of positive labour market outcomes. This paper profiles the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia’s adult population and assesses how important they are for two labour market outcomes – employment and wages.
'The International Year of Family Farming' and '20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family'
VALBEC is observing 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, as well as celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. Each month, in eVALBEC, committee members provide some lesson ideas using these themes
The website makes it easy to learn more about the 316 diverse Learn Local not-for-profit providers that deliver government subsidized training on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Friday, May 16, 2014
William Angliss Institute
See presentations speakers have supplied (more to come)
As is the custom in lieu of a gift to presenters, VALBEC made a donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
The scoping project was intended to generate discussion among those working in foundation skills to define and strengthen the identity of the field, advance the status and standing of the profession and explore options for developing professional standards.
Many of our members produce useful resources which are often previewed at conferences or reviewed in Fine Print. See some of these on our new Resources page.
If you're a member of VALBEC (the first requirement) and you would like to have your product listed, contact VALBEC.
During 2010, Tricia Bowen recorded the stories of adult literacy students across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The aim of the project was to gather stories which illuminated the lives and learning experiences of these students, while describing the challenges they faced, the events that had provoked their decision to return to ‘school’, and ultimately how their lives had changed and shifted following that decision to undertake adult education. Their stories reflect a changing sense of personal identity and growth in self confidence to engage with the world.
Author Beverley Campbell has been involved in education for thirty-five years, twenty-five of those in adult literacy education. She is a past president of VALBEC (1989-91) and a former member of the Adult Community and Further Education Board of Victoria.
(Eds. D Bradshaw, B Campbell, A Clemans)
This book invites you to travel in the footsteps of a group of women, all adult educators from Melbourne, Australia. In their desire to explore the spirit of adult education, they met and wrote regularly over two years.
Their reflections, collected here, take you inside their world. With you, they share what teaching means to them. Writing of joys, dilemmas and dangers, they reveal the complexities of teachers' lives and teaching work. Read these stories and you might very well find yourself heading in new directions.