Literacy, language and numeracy research summary
This publications are a summary of 9 literacy, language and numeracy research reports published by the Ministry of Education between July 2009 and July 2010.
Jenny Whatman, Helen Potter and Sarah Boyd, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Date: February 2011
Reports from the project
There are 2 reports from this project: a summary report and a reference card.
You can download the summary report as a pdf or purchase the print version from the Ako Aotearoa shop.
Around 40% of adults in Aotearoa, New Zealand have literacy and numeracy skills below a level needed to use and understand the increasingly difficult texts and tasks that characterise a knowledge society and information economy: hence increasing Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) is a key strategic priority for the government, and the nation.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, we commissioned this summary of nine LLN research reports published by the Ministry of
Education between July 2009 and July 2010, as part of the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults work programme. There is much to be learned from these projects and this document has been developed with the intention of summarising the key findings to highlight what we currently know from this literature, provide examples of good practice, and identify gaps in knowledge where future research may be commissioned.
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We encourage educators to consider the findings and discuss with colleagues how their organisation might best apply them. We hope this summary provides a valuable starting point for growing discussion of how we can best support LLN practitioners and organisations in enhancing their day-to-day practice.
Below are the research reports and summary documents relating to the nine literacy, language and numeracy projects funded by the Ministry of Education.
Optimising Māori learner success
- May, S. (2009). Hangaia te mātāpuna o te mōhio. Learning foundations for Māori adults.
Mleck, S., Timutimu, N., Mika, C., Aranga, M., Taipeti, N., Rangiahu, T. R., Temara, T. M., Shepherd, Y., & McGarvey, H. (2009). Te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau. Language and literacy in marae-based programmes.
McMurchy-Pilkington, C. (2009). Te pakeke hei ā konga. Māori adult learners.
White, H., Oxenham, T., Tahana, M., Williams, K., & Matthews, K. (2009). Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu. How can language and literacy be optimised for Māori learner success?
E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy
Davis, N., & Fletcher, J. (2010). E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy. A review of the literature.
Davis, N., & Fletcher, J. (2010). E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy. A case study of a polytechnic.
Davis, N., & Fletcher, J. (2010). E-learning for adult literacy, language and numeracy. A review of the literature. Summary of findings.
Lane, C. (2010). Adult literacy and numeracy in New Zealand—Key factors. An analysis from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey.
Thomas, G., & Ward, J. (2010). Building skills with on line learning links.
Embedding literacy, language and numeracy
Leach, L., Zepke, N., Haworth, P., & Isaacs, P. (2010). ‘One size does not fit all’. How five tertiary organisations embed literacy, language and numeracy. Case study findings.
Leach, L., Zepke, N., Haworth, P., & Isaacs, P. (2010). ‘One size does not fit all’. How five tertiary organisations embed literacy, language and numeracy. Summary report.
Thomas, G., & Ward, J. (2009). Numeracy for adults. Latest findings from teaching and learning research.
Places to start
Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Literacy and numeracy for adults
New Zealand Qualifications Authority – National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education
Resources for teachers and research projects
New Zealand Literacy Portal
The University of Waikato – National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults
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