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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
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
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
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:
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
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)