In 2014 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is holding a National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment Conference in Melbourne on 1-2 May 2014.
Participation in, and feedback on, our first two National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conferences was extremely positive and convinced us that there is a continued need for this kind of event and activity. The conference has been extended to a full two-day conference for 2014. The aim of the 2014 Conference is to build on the first two successful conferences and address the issue of lifelong learning and how to improve work and life skills for youth and adults by investing in effective programs, policies and practices that target the core skills of literacy and numeracy. The results of Australia’s foundation skills’ performance in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) have been released in late 2013. One focus of the two-day 2014 National Adult LLN Assessment Conference therefore will be to look at the results of both PISA and PIAAC and the implications for both policy and practice in post-compulsory education programs in schools and in vocational, adult and workplace education, but also for lifelong learning and full participation as an individual, as a community member and as a worker. As such the title of the 2014 conference is Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills? Sessions will include a range of plenary sessions from international and national speakers, and also practical workshops and presentations from a range of sectors about how to work successfully with youth and adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, including the need to address the issue of assessment in LLN.
We have a terrific range of people presenting including our keynote speakers:
William Thorn, Senior Analyst, OECD
Linda Shohet, PhD, Executive Director of The Centre for Literacy, Canada
For more information about the conference and program please see: http://www.acer.edu.au/nallnac