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Essential Skills Research Workshop

Planned by Tara Fenwick, Jean Walrond Patterson, Katy Campbell, and Shibao Guo (UofA); Adrian Blunt and Carol Henry (USask); and Marion Jones (URegina) and John Graham (UofC)

Purposes of Workshop

  1. The emphasis here is on process. All seven Essential Skills Research Projects appear to be in early stages. This workshop offers an opportunity to gather as a group, share issues and research progress to date, discuss possible contributions of this research to the ES programs, and discuss future directions.
  2. The workshop opens a space for critical dialogue about Essential Skills and its application to community organizations. HRSD staff will present considerations and participate in discussions. Researchers have opportunity to question HRSD about history, philosophy, policy goals, and expectations related to Essential Skills.
  3. Community partners involved in each research project are encouraged to attend. This workshop offers community organization representatives across Canada an opportunity to meet one another, dialogue with researchers and HRSD staff about Essential Skills, and voice their own related questions and issues.
  4. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussions.

Essential Skills Workshop Proposed Activities April 25-27, 2005

DAY ONE (Monday April 25) TELUS CENTRE

11:30

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1:00

Check In & Registration (sandwich LUNCH provided)

Requested attendance : 4 members from each research group (suggested: 2 researchers, including grad students and academics, and 2 community partner representatives) sponsored by the Workshop grant (held by University of Alberta)

Optional attendance : Any additional members of the research groups (grad students, academics, and community partners involved in the ES research project) that the team selects and sponsors from its own budget

 

1:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introductions

Research Project Presentations

Each of the 7 research teams has

30 minutes (20 minute-presentation, followed by 10 minutes for questions) to:

  • Share purposes/methods of the project
  • Share project status, early findings
  • Note a few challenges/issues arising from the research

FACILITATORS: Tara/Shibao/Katy team

 

3:15

 

 

3:45

 

Break

 

3:45

 

5:45

Research Project Presentations (continued)

Final discussion : Challenges, issues and questions arising from the research (in table groups involving representatives of each project)

FACILITATORS: Marion/John team

5:45-

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7:00

Free time

 

7:00

 

 

DINNER (Faculty Club— 11435 Saskatchewan Drive; Phone (780) 492-4231)

 

 

 

 

 

DAY TWO (Tuesday April 26) FACULTY OF EDUCATION

 

8:15

 

9:00

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

 

9:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Skills Presentation by HRSD representative (David Thornton?):

Overview of Essential Skills Initiative from a policy context, rationale (e.g. why these skills and not others), philosophy, discussion of how decisions were made, who is involved, next directions, emerging questions for research

Role that HRSD sees that it has in using ES to strengthen community organizations

HRSD’s perspective on role of institutions in the ES programs, role of testing process

Audience Discussion (research teams and partners)

FACILITATORS: Tara/Shibao/Katy team

 

10:30

 

 

11:00

 

Break

11:00

 

 

12:30

Dialogue in table groups: Continuing discussion of ES issues

Dialogue in small groups about the presentation and its implications for this research, response to HRSD

Understandings of Essential Skills in the different projects

Follow Up On issues identified yesterday by researchers and partners

Further application of this research to understanding Essential Skills

Report-outs

FACILITATORS: Marion/John team (manage the process, chair the small groups, etc)

12:30

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1:30

LUNCH – FACULTY OF EDUCATION 4 th Floor Lounge

 

1:30

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3:00

Community Partners Present: their understandings of Essential Skills, their questions, issues, related needs (for research, resources, programs)

FACILITATORS: Adrian/Carol team

3:00

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3:30

Break

 

3:30

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5:00

Continue Community Partners Presentations

Smaller group discussions, possibly around application of findings to date, research methods, regional foci or other groupings suggested by the participants

Report back to larger group

FACILITATORS: Adrian/Carol team

5:00

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7:00

Free time

7:00

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9:00

DINNER ( University of Alberta Conference Centre—C 102 Lister Centre

 

DAY THREE (Wednesday, April 27) TELUS CENTRE

8:15

 

9:00

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (TELUS CENTRE)

 

9:00

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10:30

Future Directions

Deciding follow up from this workshop (e-dialogues, etc).

Reviewing and consolidating workshop outcomes: ES issues, connections, areas for integration, continuing research questions

Determining content and roles for the 2005 Workshop Proceedings: audience and distribution, logistics of submission, editing, publication

FACILITATORS: Adrian/Carol team

10:30

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11:00

Break

 

11:00

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12:00

Planning for next workshop 2006: who will convene, what are desired outcomes, what will we commit to presenting

Evaluation/closing remarks.

FACILITATORS: Tara/Shibao/Katy team

12:00

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1:00

Final Lunch & Farewell