Symposium Programme

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9:10 – 9:15 Opening remarks - Drama Studio

9:15 – 10:00 Literacy as Numbers - Welcome and setting the scene. Mary Hamilton – Drama Studio

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 12:30 Two parallel sessions

Drama Studio:

Session chair: Lesley Farrell

OECD as a site of co-production: international comparative testing and the new politics of ‘policy mobilisation'
Sotiria Grek, University of Edinburgh

Beyond debunking: Towards a sociology of measurement
Radhika Gorur, Victoria University

Calculating literacy, disciplining people
Tannis Atkinson, University of Toronto

Room 744:

Session chair: TBC

Disentangling policy intentions, educational practice and the discourse of quantification
Gemma Moss, University of London

The Invention of Counting
David Vincent
, Open University

How learning inequality is made to happen: Curricularizing the IALS and classifying adult literacy learners
Christine Pinsent-Johnson, University of Ottawa

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and Poster Presentations - Drama Studio

Poster presentations

Audrey Gardner (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto) - Counting out who can't be counted on: the new norm in adult literacy.

Ian Jasper (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) - Literacy, Work Discipline and Neo-Liberalism.

Tara Gibb (Athabasca University, Canada) - The Politics of Numbers in the Assessment of Immigrant Professionals' Language Skills.

14:00 – 16:00 Two parallel sessions:

Drama Studio:

Session chair: Brian Street

Interpreting International Surveys of Adult Skills: Methodological and Policy viewpoints
Jeff Evans, Middlesex University

Inside the assessment machine – The Life and Times of a test item
Bryan Maddox, University of East Anglia

Is it feasible to develop a culturally-sensitive large-scale standardised assessment of literacy skills?
César Guadalupe, Universidad del pacifico

Room 744:

Session chair: Linda Shohet

Enumeration in the adult literacy regime
Richard Darville, Carleton University

Literacy as numbers? Or literacy as alliances?
Camilla Addey, University of East Anglia

The numbers and narratives of adult literacy assessment regimes
JD Carpentieri, National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 Plenary/Panel discussion– in Drama Studio with Bryan Maddox (UEA), Dan Wagner (University of Pennsylvania), William Thorn (OECD), Radhika Gorur (Victoria University)