While you’re here… help us stay here.

As we confront the economic impacts of the pandemic, we need your support even more. So that we can continue to bring you the latest in policy and research, please donate to APO.


Current and future professional development needs of the language, literacy and numeracy workforce

Literacy Economic development Numeracy Australia

The question of how the skills and knowledge of the adult language, literacy and numeracy workforce can be improved is particularly relevant in view of the ongoing debate on how language, literacy and numeracy skills should be taught. Sandra Mackay, Ursula Burgoyne, Diane Warwick and Jackie Cipollone reflect on the professional development needs of the three sectors – vocational trainers, specialist teachers and volunteer tutors – of the Australian English language, literacy and numeracy workforce. Important issues affecting the workforce include entry pathways, attitudes, responsibilities and barriers to gaining professional development. Preferred modes of professional development delivery along with skill gaps among the workforce are identified to provide guidance for future workforce development planning.

Publication Details