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focus on...literacy work

Literacy’s Heroes and Heroines:
Reclaiming our forgotten past

by B. Allan Quigley
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Women in the Cuban Literacy Campaign
by JC Elvy
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Joanne C. Elvy’s “Notes from a Cuban Diary: Forty Women on Forty Years” is available at
A short film, “Women of the Cuban Literacy Campaign,” by Catherine Murphy (2005) is available online at
This short work-in-progress includes images from films made during the 1961 campaign, and interviews with some campesinas.

Doing Literacy
by Linda Wentzel
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Reflections on Becoming White…Or, Avoiding the Button Factory
by Maria Moriarty
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Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1988)
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An abstract of Pierre Walter’s article, “Literacy, Imagined Nations, and Imperialism: Frontier College and the Construction of British Canada, 1899-1933” is available at:

Literacy Work in Alberta Then and Now
by Deborah Morgan
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Deb Morgan’s Opening Doors: Thoughts and Experiences of Community Literacy Workers in Alberta (1992) is available at

We need to feel valued and respected for the work that we do:
Workplace Educators speak out

by Margan Dawson
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Learn more about the Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia (AWENS)
The Nova Scotia Department of Education, Skills and Learning Branch
goals are listed in Skills Nova Scotia Action Plan 2005-2006,
available at

Some Realities of Working in Adult Literacy:
Snapshots from Focused on Practice

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Focused on Practice Journal Extract:
Excavating in the Trenches
(web only)
by Sally Crawford
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Focused on Practice, edited by Jenny Horsman and Helen Woodrow, is available at

Towards a Profile of the Adult Literacy Sector
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Questions About Adult Literacy Pay and Equity
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This excerpt is from The Level of Pay, Benefits, and Working Conditions of Literacy Employees of the Anglophone Community in Ontario, 2001.
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What’s New: If you could wave a magic wand
by Pat Campbell
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Juliet Merrifield’s Contested Ground: Performance Accountability (1998)
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You can order a copy of Measures of Success at here.

Literacy in a Complex World
by Tracy Westell
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Tim Blackman’s “Complexity Theory and the New Public Management” (2001)
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David Byrne’s “Complexity Science and Transformations in Social Policy” (2001)
is available at
Peter Calamai’s “A Wake-Up Call for Canadian Literacy” (2005)
is available at

Critical Discourse Analysis:
An example of the good mother in literacy-advice texts

by Linda Phillips
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Suzanne Smythe’s thesis, The Good Mother:
Critical Discourse Analysis of Literacy Advice to Mothers in the Twentieth Century
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The graphics are covers of books available from Early Canadiana Online at

Relationships are Key:
How to attract and support effective volunteers

An Interview with Sheryl Harrow
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READ Saskatoon’s Building Capacity to Attract and Retain Literacy Volunteers
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Catherine Hambly’s “Behaviours and Beliefs of Volunteer Literacy Tutors” (1998)
is available at
An abstract of Jennifer Sandlin and Ralf St. Clair’s, “Volunteers in Adult Literacy Education” (2005) is available at

Information about volunteerism in Canada
The following sites provide a wealth of information about the value of volunteers, the economic contributions of volunteers, motivations for volunteering and the benefits of volunteering in Canada:
How to estimate the Economic Contribution of Volunteer Work:
A statistical profile of volunteers and volunteering in Canada:
A report on the motivations for and barriers to volunteering:
An examination of the benefits of volunteering:

Volunteer Canada, a national organization representing and providing research and resource support to volunteer agencies:

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