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The Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education (VAWE) services unit at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) aims to promote and design evidence-based educational tools and services, support vocational learners and workplace professionals, with a focus on lifelong learning.
VAWE works with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), educators and trainers to gather a range of evidence that is the basis for implementing effective policies and practices to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) outcomes for learners. VAWE’s work and programs are targeted at enhancing learner’s engagement with the important educational aspects of VET.
ACER’s annual national adult language, literacy and numeracy assessment conference
ACER holds annual LLN conferences. The 2014 conference is titled Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills? Further information is available here.
Below are videos of some of the highlights from the 2012 and 2013 conferences.
Results from the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, an assessment developed with the support of ACER and released in October by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, were addressed in a report in the Australian Financial Review. Read the report at www.afr.com
Dave Tout explores what can be learned from international assessments of adult literacy and numeracy skills.
Through its involvement in surveys, reviews and analysis at the state and national level, ACER has gained insights into the pathways available to, and taken by, young Indigenous Australians after they leave school.
A new article about international assessments such as ALLS and PIAAC.
Tout, D. 2013, ‘Part 1: Lessons learnt from international assessments’, Fine Print, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 17-22
ACER is running the first of a series of webinars addressing issues related to adult literacy and numeracy in 2014. See details below:
Topic: 'Teaching the "N" in LLN'
Presenter: Jim Spithill, ACER Numeracy Test Developer
Date: April 15 2014
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference
Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills?
Further information available here.
Core Skills Profile for Adults
Register your interest to attend a demonstration of the Core Skills Profile for Adults
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