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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 9, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Understanding Language and Mathematics Development

Do you know that 4 in 10 Canadian adults (aged 16-65) have literacy skills that are below the minimum standard necessary for an individual to function in a modern society and economy (International Adult Literacy Survey, 2003)?

Do you know that half of Canadians (aged 16-65) lack minimum mathematics skills necessary to cope with the everyday demands of an advanced society (The Adult Literacy and Life Skills, 2005)?

Our goals are to understand why so many Canadians are not acquiring these minimal literacy and mathematics skills as well as to design intervention or instructional programs to foster the acquisition of these skills.