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Last updated 06 December 2012 11:52 by NZTecAdmin

View comments from Susan Reid, Consulting Manager at Workbase, taken at the Literacy Forum in Wellington, May 2011.

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Susan discusses the advantages of contextualised teaching of literacy and numeracy skills, and suggests thinking strategically about sustaining workforce literacy.

Transcript

So there was no doubt that teaching people literacy and numeracy skills within the context that they’re learning something makes an enormous difference you know. It’s not something they’re learning on the side, it’s something that they’re learning as a natural process of acquiring skills and knowledge around another thing. And so they see the sense of it and often think ‘oh I already know something about that’ and then they can build on it and they often think’ oh I didn’t know that either’, and so learn new things.

Workbase has been working with a number of other parties as you know on this pan literacy strategy, workforce literacy strategy and that’s one of the things we’re looking at, is it sustainable without new money? And I think it has to be. Our chief, previous chief executive Liz Moor used to have a saying called ’joined up thinking’, it’s not a new saying. She used to use it in a particular way about literacy and we have to join up and share. And I think this sort of forum that we’re at today is a real example of being able to share things and think ‘oh that would work for me, I could adapt that’ and I think that’s what it’s all about. We do have to get together, we do have to think strategically, so not just about learners, learners are really really important but if we don’t think strategically we won’t get the outcomes. So we have to think about how we can work together and how we can make sure that the gains we get are in fact recorded and recorded as evidence because, and the evidence is the most critical thing that seems to drive investment in this area.

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