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Presenting scientific training in a low-literacy friendly format
Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) (2013)
  • Jude Alexander
The Country Fire Authority's ability to successfully manage grassfire relies on data collected by volunteer observers. Volunteers are trained to collect and input data into the CFA system. Training needs to be designed to accommodate a wide range of LLN ability. Making volunteer training inclusive of a diverse population has many benefits, including collecting better quality data, encouraging scientific participation and broadening understanding of bushfire science. The Country Fire Authority Grassland Curing Project has been running since 2010, with the objective of optimising prediction of grassland fire in Victoria. CFA rural volunteer observers have provided data on grassland since the early 1980s. When designing training for these volunteers in collecting scientific bushfire data, advice from regional staff was that any training must be low-literacy friendly. Training was developed as a powerpoint presentation using low-literacy friendly features such as video, pictures, white space and minimal written assessment, and is now expanding into online video-based training.
  • Volunteers,
  • Training,
  • Bushfire,
  • Literacy,
  • Adults
Publication Date
May 17, 2013
Citation Information
Jude Alexander. "Presenting scientific training in a low-literacy friendly format" Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council (VALBEC) (2013)
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