Boosting literacy and numeracy outcomes in tertiary education: 2015 research findings

Four research reports are summarised here. They cover:

  • the use of Pathways Awarua
  • how industry training organisations embed literacy and numeracy
  • tools to help tertiary education organisations better use evidence to set literacy and numeracy benchmarks
  • the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool’s contribution to educational outcomes.

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The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) commissioned research to find out more about how to improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes for learners. We focused on developing tools to help tertiary education organisations assess the state of embedded literacy and numeracy in industry training, and the use of Pathways Awarua, a TEC-funded digital learning tool. This summary highlights the key findings from the research on the tools available to support literacy and numeracy in tertiary education.

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